2018 – PART 2: Documentary Perspectives of the Videobrasil Historical Collection (19.30 – 21.00)

Sun 1st July

18.00 – 21.00: Evening Screening Programme (K – 1.56)

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(n.b. if you have booked for part 1 you do not need to book again for part 2 of this evening’s screening programme)

PART 2: 19.30 – 21.00

Documentary Perspectives of the Videobrasil Historical Collection

Introduction from Dr Gabriel Menotti (Curator and Lecturer at UFES, Vitoria, Brazil)

Through a selection of works produced by brazilian artists in different periods and which had participated in important editions of the Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, the  program Documentary Perspectives of the Videobrasil Collection seeks to investigate the historical imagery of colonialism from a powerful articulation between image, memory and narrative. The four works included in the program are part of the Videobrasil Historical Collection and revisit the search for founding images capable of illuminating, even briefly, some of the deadlocks of the present.

Vera Cruz

Rosângela Rennó

2000, vídeo, 44′

Vera Cruz is an experimental project founded on the idea of the “impossibility” of a documentary on the discovery of Brazil. Based on the contents of the famous letter by Pero Vaz de Caminha, this is the video version of an “(im)possible film” that oscillates back and forth between documentary and fiction. From the subtracted image, we see only the “film picture,” old, scratched, worn out by five hundred years of existence and overuse. The sound of the words has also been removed, seeing as the dialogue between conquistador and native, strictly speaking, did not take place. All that is left is the sound of the ocean and the wind, witnesses to the events. The account that remains takes the shape of subtitle-text.


O espírito da TV

Vincent Carelli

1990, vídeo, 18′

Documentary shows the reactions of the Waiãpi indigenous tribe, in Brazil’s Amapá State, on seeing their own images and those of Indigenous tribes Gavião, Nhambiquara, Krahô, Guarani and Kaiapó on TV.


Amérika: bahía de las flechas

Ana Vaz

2016, vídeo, 8′

This video revisits Lake Enriquillo in present-day Dominican Republic, where Christopher Columbus landed in 1492 and confronted the native Taíno people to establish the first European settlement in America. Using the camera as an extension of her own body, the artist evokes the cultural and ecological changes undergone by the land to make history emerge from the actual setting.


1978 – Cidade Submersa

Caetano Dias

2010, vídeo, 16′

With a language between documentary and experimental fiction, the video approaches the relationship of a fisherman and the memories of his old town. Part of the town of Remanso, in Bahia, was submerged for the construction of the Sobradinho hydroelectric power plant. All that remains from the old town as evidence of disappearances are partially submerged ruins, like those of a water reservoir. The fisherman navigates over his own memories, crossing the waters toward the past. The images themselves bear the tension and the poetry of a town swallowed by water in a favor of a so-called social progress. This work is the result of the Artistic Residency prize of the 16th Videobrasil Festival.