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NİLBAR GÜREŞ
NİLBAR GÜREŞ
09.10.2019 - 02.02.2020
SESC_VIDEOBRASIL, 21ST CONTEMPORARY ART BIENNIAL , SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Nilbar Güreş’s video installation ‘TORN’ is currently on view at the 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc Video Brasil. 'TORN' asks the viewer to consider the discourse of social power and how it forms peripheral communities, emphasizing specific experiences of trans women in Turkey. The video features Didem, a trans prostitute who faces the camera in a vulnerable yet strong position:  – shoulders forward, arms behind her back and permanent eye contact with the viewer. While a persistent noise sounds like a technical flaw, the zooming camera creates intimacy through observation and detail. A neck scar seems to remind us that, unprotected and often harassed by the police, women like Didem face extreme threats of violence every day.The presence of nationalism as a means to understanding the disputes that mark our time. That is the background of the 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil | Imagined Communities, which will run from October 9, 2019 through February 2, 2020, at Sesc 24 de Maio, in São Paulo, comprising over 60 works of art and two collections, 55 artists from 28 countries, among video, painting, photography and installation. The artistic director Solange Farkas, the trio of curators Gabriel Bogossian, Luisa Duarte and Miguel López and the members of the selection jury Alejandra Hernández Muñoz, Juliana Gontijo and Raphael Fonseca analyzed together 2,280 submissions from 105 nationalities to select works from Brazil, Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Oceania. For the first time, the guiding theme was announced in the actual call.

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