Wednesday, 24 February 2010

SESC Saõ Paulo and ART for The World Twelve Years of Projects Together

SESC São Paulo, a Non Governmental Organization, has a strong history and reputation for cultural and social activities in São Paulo and its region, since 60 years, in promoting social welfare and improving the quality of life and cultural development. SESC São Paulo runs a network of 29 active units in São Paulo and its region, comprising sport centers, medical centers, restaurants, internet centers, TV stations, exhibition spaces, theatres, movie house, etc.

Thanks to the inspiration and enthusiasm of Prof. Danilo Santos de Miranda, Director of the SESC Regional Department, São Paulo, and his staff, SESC and ART for The World have been partners in a great number of cultural projects in the last 12 years, sharing the common ideal to promote an art linked to ethical and social concerns and based on the universal human values.

Prof Danilo Santos de Miranda, Regional Director SESC Sao Paulo

Beginning of 2010 tightened the partnership between SESC and ART for The World. The group exhibition URBAN MANNERS 2, Contemporary Artists from India, has been in presented one of the most fascinating cultural spaces in Brazil, an ex gigantic factory re-designed by the famous Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi in 1977: the SESC Pompeia, Rua Clélia 93, on January 21. For the Brazilian venue and especially for SESC Pompeia’s premises, a series of works have been selected, presenting 11 emblematic Indian artists and proposing a path that reveals all the striking contradictions of contemporary India. On the occasion of the exhibition artists Sheba Chhachhi and Thukral & Tagra have given a workshop open to the public.

SESC Pompeia, Entrance

Subodh Gupta, Hungry God, 2005-2006

The year 2008 have seen a very tight collaboration between ART for The World and SESC with three major projects:
- In October in Sao Paulo has taken place the world avant-première of ART for The World's first long feature film STORIES ON HUMAN RIGHTS, screened at CINESESC in R. Augusta, 2075. SESC has contributed to this film as partner and has produced the short film 'Voyage', written by the Brazilian filmmakers Valter Salles and Daniela Thomas, who has also directed the film. Also SESCTV and TV Cultura actively partecipated to the circulation, distribution and promotion of STORIES ON HUMAN RIGHTS in Brazil, in South America and Portuguese speaking countries.

- Also in October, the solo show VOOM PORTRAITS by Robert Wilson, has been inaugurated at SESC Pinheiros, Rua Paes Leme 195. It was an exhibition of provocative high-definition video exhibited in several spaces on two floors, during the Biennale of São Paulo. The portraits, including celebrities, artists, intellectuals, animals, are presented on large-scale HD plasma flat-screens, and each work is accompanied by original musical scores by the great composer Michael Galasso. On the occasion of the exhibition, Robert Wilson has given a lecture at SESC Pinheiros Auditorium as well as his play QUARTET with Isabelle Huppert.

Robert Wilson, VOOM PORTRAITS Isabella Rossellini, 2005

- In February, the video installations COLLATERAL When art looks at cinema was presented at SESC Avenida Paulista, following its prior edition at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, in 2007. On this occasion, several workshops have been given by artists in São Paulo and a round table open has been organized, including the participation of Adelina von Fürstenberg, curator of the exhibition, Anna Daneri and Andrea Lissoni, co-curators, artists Pierre Bismuth, Charles de Meaux, Brice Dellsperger, Michel Favre, Melik Ohanian, Carola Spadoni, Cao Guimarães, Carlos Adriano, and Solange Farkas, Director of the Associação Cultural Videobrasil and of the Bahia Museum of Modern Art, Batman Zavarese, and Noah Stolz.

SESC Avenida Paulista, entrance

Round table

- On March 8, 2007, the Women’s Day, SESC Avenida Paulista, has hosted the opening of the show MULHER, MULHERES (Woman, Women), a cycle of traveling exhibitions, created in 2005 to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Beijing Women Conference. After its first presentation in Geneva, on March 8, 2005, with the title Femme(s), the exhibition Donna Donne was created for the large premises of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. In each venue, the exhibition had different works, reflecting the concept of femininity through a range of approaches and creating dialogues about the role by women in the contemporary world. During the Brazilian edition, few workshops have been organized with the artists.

SESC Avenida Paulista, entrance

Installation view

Fabiana de Barros & Michel Favre, Autopsy, 2006

Rochelle Costi, Desvios, 2006

- In October 2006 BALCAN EROTIC EPIC, video installations by Marina Abramovic, has been presented at SESC Pinheiros. The exhibition follows the larger version BALKAN EPIC, presented at Hangar Bicocca, Milan in the beginning of 2006. On the occasion of the exhibition Marina Abramovic has given a lecture open to the public at SESC Pinehiros Auditorium. She also participated to the Fiteiro Cultural of Brazilian artist Fabiana de Barros, at PUC University, Sao Paulo.

Installation view

Press conference with Prof. Danilo Santos de Miranda, Marina Abramovic,

Adelina von Fürstenberg

Marina Abramovic lecturing in the Fiteiro Cultural of Fabiana de Barros

- In 2001, SESC Pompeia has hosted THE OVEREXCITED BODY, ART AND SPORT IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY, with artworks illustrating all aspects of sport, ranging from its educational role to the importance of sport as a focal point where passions, tension and enthusiasm confront each other to produce anthropological changes. This show was under the patronage of the UN as part of their campaign against racial discrimination, explores crucial issues such as tolerance, fighting against discrimination. As an itinerant art project, it was presented in collaboration with La Gazzetta dello Sport, in Milan (Museo dell’Arengario) in March 2001, in June at the Stadium of Geneva and it reached São Paulo in November 2001. For the Brazilian presentation, the exhibition had a large numbers of additional works and performances. Among others, the Free wrestling performance Amorales vs Amorales. The Mexican artist Carlos Amorales has reactivated one of the most important icons of urban popular culture in Mexico, the masked wrestlers. Four of them has performed at the opening evening at the Theater of SESC Pompeia.

Carlos Amorales, Amorales vs Amorales , 2001 (performance)

Helio Oiticica, Billiard Table from Cafè Noturno of Van Gogh, 1966

Nelson Leirner, Football (detail), 2001

- In 1998, SESC’s and ART for The World’s partnership started with the itinerant exhibition THE EDGE OF AWARENESS, organized on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 40 artists from all five continents created works on themes such as violence, mortality rates, environmental degradation, homelessness, racism, drugs, AIDS and polio, with the aim of stimulate the conscience of the community by raising issues related to health, well-being and the environment.
The exhibition, which opened at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, traveled to New York (PS1 and UN Headquarters), New Delhi (Lalitkala Akademi) and Milan ( Triennale). In São Paulo, the show has been presented at SESC Pompeia.

Chen Zhen, Un-interrupted Voice, 1998

Alfredo Jaar, Billboard, 1998

Kcho, Aislamento, and Sol LeWitt, Wall-drawing 565, (back), 1998

Sophie Ristelhueber, Billboard, 1998

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Stories on Human Rights at ZKM in Karlsruhe

On February 11th 2010, Stories on Human Rights will be screened at ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe (Germany).

Monday, 8 February 2010


On Monday, February 8th, ART for The World presented Una domenica al Parco Sempione by Flavio de Marco.

The opening was characterized by an open discussion with the artist and:
  • Jonny Costantino, filmmaker, director of the magazine “Rifrazioni. Dal cinema all’oltre”, Bologna;
  • Federico Ferrari, philosopher, Milan;
  • Francesca Pasini, director of the Fondazione Pierluigi e Natalina Remotti, Camogli (Genova);
  • Adriana Polveroni, journalist and art critic, Rome.

Paesaggio (Una domenica al Parco Sempione), 2010

Flavio de Marco and Jonny Costantino