Associação Cultural Videobrasil

General information

Brief description of organisation

ACV (Associação Cultural Videobrasil) is an international reference center for contemporary art based in São Paulo, Brazil. Since 1991, it promotes actions dedicated to foster, disseminate, and map out art from the global south; providing training to diverse audiences and promoting exchanges among artists, curators, and researchers.

In partnership with SESC São Paulo, ACV promotes exhibitions such as Joseph Beuys – We Are the Revolution (São Paulo & Salvador, 2010/11), Sophie Calle – Take Care of Yourself (São Paulo and Salvador, 2009), Isaac Julien – Geopoetics (São Paulo, 2012) and the International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil, which happens every two years and will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2013.

Other actions promoted on a regular basis by the ACV include the Videobrasil Residency Network, which selects artists for exchange programs offered by partner organizations in Brazil and abroad; Videobrasil Authors Collection (VCA), a series of documentaries on artists; Caderno SESC_Videobrasil, an annual contemporary art publication; the Videobrasil Online database; and the Videobrasil Video Library at SESC and the Videobrasil Collection, one of the most important video and performance collection in the world.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil has a pioneering role in promoting international artistic exchanges. Through the Southern Panoramas competitive show, each edition of the Festival grants residency awards in partner institutions around the world.

The Videobrasil Residency Programme systematizes the action of Associação Cultural Videobrasil in the field of artistic residencies. By means of strategic partnerships with renowned teaching, research, and production institutions in several countries, the Programme aims to strengthen existing exchange actions in Brazil and create rotational dynamics to benefit Brazilian, Latin American, and African artists.

The initiative began during the seventh edition of the Festival, in 1989, when the artist Sandra Kogut was granted a residency award to conduct a research at the Centre Internationale de Vidéo Création (CICV), in France. This exchange allowed her to develop Parabolic People – a referential video artwork in Brazil and worldwide. At that time, the practice of exchange and research through artistic residencies was not widely spread and Videobrasil played a key role in its implementation. Since the program was established, 52 artists benefited from the residencies granted by the institution.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Performing Arts
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Grants available

There are two ways to participate in the Videobrasil Residency Program: the Southern Panoramas Prize and the Videobrasil em Contexto Prize. Southern Panoramas Prize [for artists selected for the Festival] Videobrasil em Contexto Prize [open call every two years]

Expenses paid by artist
  • Other
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

How to reach

Nearest airport

Aeroporto Internacional de Guarulhos/ Cumbica (GRU)

Contact information

Associação Cultural Videobrasil
Av. Imperatriz Leopoldina 1150
05305002 São Paulo

Phone: 55 11 3645 0516

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