The Anthropocene: Works from the Videobrasil Collection addresses our urgent global ecological crisis through the lens of contemporary Brazilian artists.
The program features video works by Ana Vaz, Caetano Dias, Cao Guimarães, Chico Dantas and Eder Santos.
Curated by Solange O. Farkas, founder and Director of Associação Cultural Videobrasil (São Paulo), the program asks Australian audiences to consider the impact we are having on our planet, and what futures might be imagined.
Presented as a drop-in event at Longplay bar and cinema, the video works will be screening on loop throughout the evening.
To accompany the screening, a selection of Latin Jazz and Tropicália music compiled by PBS DJ Tull will be playing in the bar area throughout the evening. Tropicália was a multi-disciplinary artistic movement that swept Brazil in the late 1960s, which continues to hold special significance today.
Presented in partnership with Associação Cultural Videobrasil.
Associação Cultural Videobrasil
Associação Cultural Videobrasil, São Paulo, is an international platform for contemporary art, with a focus on the Global South.
Ana Vaz is a visual artist and filmmaker. She graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia (2009) and holds a master’s degree in cinema and visual arts from Le Fresnoy Studio des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing, France (2013). Her films, publications, performances, and video installations reflect on the relationship between cinema and language, examining the symbolic relationships of architectural legacies, Utopian projects and power relations. She has held solo exhibitions including Framing Nature, Vita Kuben, Ümea, Sweden (2017); and Amérika: Bay of Arrows, Ludlow 67, New York (2017), and participated in the group shows Excusez-moi de vous avoir dérrangés, Khiasma, Paris (2017); Performing Oppositions, House of the People, São Paulo (2017); Moscow Biennial of Young Art (2016); Obscure Objects of Desire, Paramound Ranch, Los Angeles (2016); and 3rd Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2016), among others. Retrospectives of her films have been shown at the Melbourne Cinémathèque, Australia (2013) and at the Void Gallery, Ireland (2014). She lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.
Caetano Dias works across video, video installation, film, photography, installation, and performance. The artist’s main research axes including exploring the relationships between the body, identity, memory and belonging. He was awarded at the 16th Sesc_Videobrasil Contemporary Art Festival (2007) with a residency at the Le Fresnoy, in Tourcoing, France. He has been shown in group exhibitions such as Do Valongo à Favela, Museu de Arte do Rio de Janeiro (2014); the 3rd Bahia Biennial (2014); and the 29th Panorama da Arte Brasileira, at the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (2005). He lives and works in Salvador.
Cao Guimarães is a filmmaker and visual artist. His works combine the idea of cinematographic time and the notion of contemplation, common to the visual arts, with special attention to the prosaic beauty and vital energy of brief instants of everyday life. Guimarães graduated in philosophy from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and journalism from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC-MG). Since the late 1980s, he has been showing his output in prestigious institutions such as the Tate Modern, in London, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in New York. His pieces feature in collections such as Fondation Cartier Pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (MAM); and Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil. In 2013, Guimarães held the exhibition Ver é uma Fábula, at the Itaú Cultural Institute, in São Paulo, encompassing over a decade of his artistic production. His films have featured in many festivals, such as the Locarno International Film Festival (2004, 2006 e 2008); the Sundance Film Festival (2007); the Cannes Film Festival (2005); and the São Paulo International Film Festival (2004 and 2006). He lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
The themes of abandonment and urban degradation permeate Chico Dantas’ work, who started out as a painter before moving into video and photography. The Brazilian artist has been exhibiting since 1979 and has participated in numerous shows, including the 16th Bienal de São Paulo, the 15th Biennial of Cerveira, Portugal (2009), the collective 13 artistas contemporâneos paraibanos, Centro Universitário Maria Antonia, São Paulo (2012), and the 17th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil (2011). He won the Energisa Visual Arts award (2011).
The author of a comprehensive body of work in video and installation, Eder Santos is a graduate of fine arts and visual communication at Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). Through noise, interference, and a wide range of disruptions in technical apparatuses, his works seek to reinstate vitality to images, often lost amidst the clichés of the cultural industry. He directed the feature film Enredando as pessoas (1995), which received prizes at festivals in Havana and Switzerland. Santos held the solo shows Suspensão e Fluidez, at Madri’s ARCO, Spain (2009); and Roteiro Amarrado, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2010). His videos are part of the collections of institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. He lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Ana Vaz, A Idade da Pedra, 2013 (video still). Courtesy of Associação Cultural Videobrasil.