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Sesc São Paulo presents «The River Is a Serpent» of Frestas – Triennial of Art 3rd edition

São Paulo, Brazil
From October to December, 2020

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The 3rd edition of the Frestas – Art Triennial (2020/21), will start an online program that takes place from October to December of 2020, after reformulating its initial proposal due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Organized by Sesc São Paulo, in Sorocaba (a municipality located 87 km from the city of São Paulo), the Triennial is a continuous program that brings together local artists with both regional and international productions, establishing a dialogue between social matters specific to the Brazilian context and reflections on a global scale.

In this edition, curated by Beatriz Lemos, Diane Lima, and Thiago de Paula Souza, a program of activities, debates, and workshops will be made available to serve as a transdisciplinary platform, promoting actions related to contemporary art and other fields of knowledge, as well as an exhibition project envisaged for 2021.

Under the title The River Is a Serpent, this Frestas edition introduces a cosmovision of the strategies and negotiations that constitute its curatorial process. By questioning the limits between the negotiable and the non-negotiable in the realization of a contemporary art exhibition during the times that we live in, the platform investigates the possibilities, potencies, and challenges that transit through several natural, spiritual, and subjective ecosystems. It gathers a set of technologies that have been forged by other bodies, which in distinct historic times and spaces were conditioned into providing permanence and access as the only means of guaranteeing the maintenance of their existence.

Starting in October, the artists Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro, Davi De Jesus Do Nascimento, Denilson Baniwa, Denise Alves Rodrigues, Ella Vieira, Gê Viana, Iagor Peres, Jonas Van Holanda, Juliana Dos Santos, Laís Machado, Luana Vitra, Pedro Victor Brandão, Rebeca Carapia, Sallisa Rosa, and Ventura Profana, will participate in the Study Program. The Program is one of the platform’s main pillars and is composed of formative activities that aim at instigating radical educational practices while simultaneously encouraging policies of redistribution and access. In addition to  this program, there will be free online events open to the public that include courses, seminars, talks, publication releases, as well as film and video screenings.

Frestas is a triennial initiative, structured under three axes—a public program, publications, and an exhibition—composing the wide cultural program organized by Sesc São Paulo.


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