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“Videobrasil Collection in Context #1”, São Paulo

The outcome of the residencies of Cláudio Bueno (Brazil) and Mahmoud Khaled (Egypt), participating in the first edition of the “Videobrasil in Context” project, is displayed in an exhibition featuring works from the Videobrasil Collection that served as reference for their research and influenced the conception of the commissionned artworks.

Associação Cultural Videobrasil kicks off its 2016 exhibition program with the opening of Videobrasil Collection in Context #1. The exhibit will showcase the results of the first edition of the artist residency project “Videobrasil in Context”, which proposed for the two selected artists, Cláudio Bueno (Brazil) and Mahmoud Khaled (Egypt), to create brand new artworks by immersing themselves in the Videobrasil Collection. The show also features the artworks that served as objects of research and conceptual references for Bueno’s and Khaled’s projects, including videos by Akram Zaatari (Lebanon), Coco Fusco (USA), Lucas Bambozzi (Brazil) and Wagner Morales (Brazil), among others.

Created in 2012 by Videobrasil programme director Thereza Farkas, the “Videobrasil in Context” project is part of Associação Cultural Videobrasil’s Residency Program and aims to foster artist exchange in association with the Videobrasil Collection, currently comprising 4,500 catalogued items (including videos, video installations, recorded performances, publications and documents).

For the first edition of “Videobrasil in Context”, held in partnership with the Delfina Foundation (London, United Kingdom) and Casa Tomada (São Paulo, Brazil), Cláudio Bueno and Mahmoud Khaled were selected via a call for entries. During their residencies, they made incursions into the Videobrasil Collection, and the results of their research materialize in this exhibit. Cláudio Bueno created, in partnership with Paula Garcia – an artist featured in the 17th Festival and the author of one of the recorded performances used as a reference by Bueno –, the installation Estudo para Duelo. For his part, Mahmoud Khaled conceived the video installation Proposal for a Porn Company, in connection with other Videobrasil Collection works. The pieces produced by the artists and shown in the exhibition “Videobrasil Collection in Context #1” will also be included in the Associação’s collection.

Estudo para Duelo invites visitors to put on magnetized vests and walk down a six-meter long metallic hallway from opposing ends. Contact between the participants is prevented by the magnetic field created between the vests. According to the artist, the piece suggests analogies with the power fields that exist in day-to-day relationships, whether interpersonal, with spaces or with institutions. “Such forces, which aren’t seen, but felt in our bodies, can be interpreted as power, information, relationship etc.,” he asserts. The piece was created during Cláudio Bueno’s residency stint at the Delfina Foundation.

The three-channel video installation Proposal for a Porn Company, by Mahmoud Khaled, works with the universe explored by porn video production company MEN AT PLAY, which specializes in erotic storylines featuring male characters from the corporate and business world. Set in the city of São Paulo, where the artist undertook a residency at Casa Tomada, the videos seek out urban locations that could serve as settings for a hypothetical film by the company. The audience may recognize places such as Conjunto Nacional, Avenida Paulista, Congonhas Airport or the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture. The scenes are interspersed with audio and video excerpts from MEN AT PLAY films, which unfold and deconstruct the narrative structure of a porn production.

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“Videobrasil Collection in Context #1”, São Paulo
until 19 March 2016

Mahmoud Khaled, Proposal for a porn company, 2013

Mahmoud Khaled, Proposal for a porn company, 2013

Akram Zaatari, Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright, 2010

Cláudio Bueno & Paula Garcia, Estudo para Duelo, 2013

Cláudio Bueno & Paula Garcia, Estudo para Duelo, 2013

“Videobrasil Collection in Context #1”, installation views at São Paulo, 2016

Courtesy: the artists and Associação Cultural Videobrasil,  São Paulo. Photo: Carolina Câmara

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