In a ceremony held last night at the SESC Pompeia Theater, the Twentieth Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil gave out a range of awards, including ones that carry cash prizes. The initiative aims to acknowledge and encourage the development of artists producing compelling work, regardless of their idioms and means. The awards were granted by a jury of curators and representatives of the residency programs, including Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka (Greece/Poland), Jennifer Lange (USA), Katharina von Ruckteschell-Katte (Germany), Lisette Lagnado (Congo/Brazil), Mami Katsuya (Japan), Maria Catarina Duncan (Brazil), Marina Fokidis (Greece), Pablo León de la Barra (Mexico), and Salah M. Hassan (Sudan/USA).
The trophy for this edition, a palm-sized bronze bird, is a sculpture created by the Brazilian artist Flávia Ribeiro. The twentieth edition of Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil, titled “Southern Panoramas,” opened on October 4. The show runs through January 14, 2018, at SESC Pompeia in São Paulo and also includes video programs, open lectures, meetings, and talks with artists and curators.
The winners of this year’s awards are as follows:
SESC Art Collection Acquisition Awards
Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca (Brazil/ Germany)
Filipa César (Portugal/Germany)
Trương Minh Quý (Vietnam)
The artists will each receive about $7,800, and their works will be included in the institution’s contemporary art collection.
Jaime Lauriano (Brazil)
Lauriano will receive about $7,800, granted by the Ostrovsky Family Fund.
Artist Residency Awards
Graziela Kunsch (Brazil)
Engel Leonardo (Dominican Republic)
La Decanatura (Colombia)
Emo de Medeiros (France/Benin)
Natasha Mendonca (India)
Each of these five artists will take part in two-month residency programs in 2018–19, with airfare, accommodations, and per diem stipends included. An honorable mention was also conferred to the artist Andrés Padilla Domene (Mexico/ França).