Observatory of the south

Study group

Part of the Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, the Observatory of the South is at once a research and debate platform and a study group devoted to the examination of the contexts and uses of the notion of the “global South” in the disciplines of art and the humanities.

The program of discussions is structured around four thematic axes: geopolitics of knowledge, documents and manifestos, regionalisms and decentralizations and counter-narratives.
Beyond approaching this concept from a critical and historical perspective, the group examines practices, politics and events established by networks, research laboratories and cultural institutions whose functions are based on this symbolic field.

The program of discussions is structured around four thematic axes: geopolitics of knowledge, documents and manifestos, regionalisms and decentralizations and counter-narratives. Throughout the meetings, the group works in conversation with thinkers, artists and theorists, such as Achille Mbembe, Arjun Appadurai and Marcelo Rosa, among others, using reference texts and various works.

Amy Buono

Art historian

USA / Brazil

Amy Buono received her PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of California Santa Barbara. She is currently working on her new monograph entitled Encarcerados: os artefatos afrobrasileiros no Museu da Polícia Civil do Rio de Janeiro [Incarcerated: Afro-Brazilian Artifacts in the Rio de Janeiro Civil Police Museum] on the visual culture of crime and criminality in nineteenth and twentieth-century Rio as manifested in the city’s pedagogical, museological, and scientific circles. She will participate in the episode Observatory of the South.

Sabrina Moura


USA / Brasilien

With a master’s in Aesthetics and History of Plastic Arts and in Direction of Cultural Projects, Sabrina Moura has worked with editorial and cultural production and research at several institutions. She was the curator of the 18th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil and organized workshops at the 2nd World Biennial Forum in São Paulo. She works as a curator of the episode Observatory of the South.

Pedro de Niemeyer Cesarino



Professor of Anthropology at the University of São Paulo (USP), his research focuses on the Anthropology of Expressive Forms and Indigenous Ethnology. He is currently working on studies on shamanism, cosmology, oral traditions, translation and anthropology of art. He will participate in the episode Observatory of the South.

Pedro de Niemeyer Cesarino



Professor für Anthropologie an der Universität von São Paulo (USP). Er forscht zur Anthropologie der Ausdrucksformen und zur Ethnologie indigener Völker und betreibt Studien zu den Themen Schamanismus, Kosmologie, mündliche Traditionen und Kunstanthropologie. Er ist einer der Teilnehmer an der Episode Observatorium des Südens.

Ruy Luduvice



He is a researcher at the Center for Collections and Research at the Cultural Association Videobrasil. He has worked as an educator at several museological institutions. He earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s in Philosophy from the University of São Paulo and is one of the participants in the episode Observatory of the South.

Marcelo Rosa


Brazil / South Africa

Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Brasília, he is currently a visiting scholar at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town. He is coordinator of the Research Laboratory on Non-Exemplar Sociology UnB/CNPq and is participating in the episode Observatory of the South.

Kelly Gillespie


South Africa

Kelly Gillespie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Gillespie's research interests include criminal justice, legal anthropology, and the notions of history, race, and sexuality in South Africa. Her current work is on intimate violence and its refashioning of the relationship between public and private spheres, as well as of judgment in criminal courts. She will participate in the episode Observatory of the South.

Siba Veloso

Singer and composer


Siba founded the group Fuloresta, made up of traditional musicians from Nazaré da Mata, in Pernambuco. His latest album, “De Baile Solto,” was released in 2015.

Moacir dos Anjos



Researcher and curator of contemporary art at the Fundação Joaquim Nabuco. Was curator of the Brazilian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011) and at the São Paulo Biennial (2010).

Patricia Quilici



Holds a Bachelor’s in Plastic Arts from FAAP and a Master’s in Curatorial Studies and Museum Education from MAC-USP. Has coordinated the Educational Program at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, the Centro Cultural São Paulo and the Paço das Artes.

Maria Elisa Cevasco



Holds a PhD in Linguistics and Literature (English) from the University of São Paulo (1985). Is Professor at the Universidade de São Paulo and author of the book Dez lições sobre estudos culturais (Ten Lessons on Cultural Studies) (2003).

Rita Carelli

Schauspielerin und Schriftstellerin


Trained at the Jacques Lecoq International School of Theatre. Is the author of two books, Depois do Ovo, a Guerra, um dia na aldeia Panará (After the Egg, the War, a Day in the Village of Panará) and A História de Akykysia, um dia na aldeia Wajãpi (The Story of Akykysia, A Day in the Village of Wajãpi).

Walter Mignolo



Argentine semiotician and professor at Duke University, Mignolo has published extensively exploring concepts such as global coloniality, the geopolitics of knowledge, transmodernity, borderthinking, and pluriversality.

Neo Muyanga

Musician and composer

South Africa

Neo Muyanga works as a conductor and tours with various companies and producers, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Handspring Puppet Company, Paco Pena’s Flamenco, and William Kentridge. In addition to being “resident composer” at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and at the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) at the University of California, his research focuses on black aesthetics in the genre of opera.

Daniel Lima

Produtor, editor e curador


Membro da Frente 3 de Fevereiro, grupo transdisciplinar focado em intervenções urbanas, música e documentários, voltado para a discussão de questões raciais no Brasil e no mundo. O manifesto da Frente denuncia como a democracia racial é uma máscara que esconde a verdadeira discriminação.

Conceived and organized by Goethe-Institut, Videobrasil, Sesc São Paulo