VEZA 02 New Media Focus

Above: Installation view of VEZA 02 at SP–Arte in São Paulo, Brazil, 6-10 April 2022. Photographs by Jessica Mangaba and courtesy of Niio

SOUTH SOUTH’s second edition of VEZA focussed on digital art and the remarkable possibilities of new media, as well as our core activity of facilitating new connections within the cultural ecosystems across the Global South and beyond. Galleries from 25 cities spread across five continents came together to present a selling exhibition of important video artworks at SP–ARTE (Sāo Paulo) and simultaneously online here. This marked SOUTH SOUTH’s transition into a hybrid model through collaboration with regional fairs. The presentation was powered in partnership with Niio — a state of the art platform which enables new media to be preserved, certified and seamlessly acquired through blockchain technology, offering collectors the complete package for digital art and encouraging new audiences to collect new media with confidence. VEZA 02’s focus on new media reflects the increasingly important role played by digital art in the post-pandemic world in its potential to communicate and connect across borders at a time of ongoing travel disruption, particularly in the Global South.

Featured artists 

Patfudyda / Abre Alas 17
A Gentil Carioca, São Paulo / Rio de Janeiro

Coco Fusco
Alexander Gray Associates, New York City / Germantown

Luis Enrique López-Chávez
Bode Projects, Berlin

Gigi Scaria
Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai

Jackie Karuti
Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi

Joiri Minaya
Embajada, San Juan

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca
Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo / Rio de Janeiro

Eder Santos
Galeria Luciana Brito, São Paulo

Nicolás Paris
Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo

Nalini Malani
Galerie Lelong & Co., New York City / Paris

Kiluanji Kia Henda
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg / Cape Town / London

Peter Nelson
Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

Zheng Chongbin
INKstudio, Beijing

Hardeep Pandhal
Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai

Wura-Natasha Ogunji
kó, Lagos

Minerva Cuevas
kurimanzutto, Mexico City / New York City

Yazan Khalili
Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai

Letícia Ramos
Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo / Brussels / New York City

Tsubasa Kato
MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo

Amina Benbouchta
OH Gallery, Dakar

Jorge Méndez Blake
OMR, Mexico City

Miguel Angel Rios
Sicardi Ayers Bacino, Houston

Ayrson Heráclito
Southern Stars Projects, London

Charles Lim Yi Yong
STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore

Ryoko Aoki
Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

Sara Ramo
Travesia Cuatro, Madrid / Guadalajara / Mexico City

Atul Bhalla
Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

VEZA New Media Fund

Inaugurated this year, the VEZA New Media Fund enables a museum with a Global South focus to acquire media works with a significant budget for their collections. The Fund is supported by Niio and SOUTH SOUTH. This year’s beneficiary is El Museo del Barrio, New York’s leading Latino cultural institution. Through the fund, the museum acquired two new works, by Cuban-American artist Coco Fusco (Alexander Gray Associates) and Dominican-American artist Joiri Minaya (Embajada).


Niio is the most complete, open, and yet discerning digital art platform. Their ever-growing library of the finest digital and video art includes NFTs – all display-ready in the highest quality possible through the Niio app – and ready to stream or purchase. Niio supports more than 6,000 global artists – as well as leading galleries, museums, and curators – with tools to distribute, showcase and preserve their work. Through their platform and over the blockchain. Privately and publicly. The Niio 4K pro art player can turn any display into a digital art canvas and their exclusive relationship with Samsung Displays expands their reach worldwide.

El Museo de Barrio was founded in 1969 in New York City by artist and educator Raphael Montañez Ortiz and a coalition of Puerto Rican parents, educators, artists, and activists reacting to the indifference of mainstream cultural institutions. Since its inception, El Museo has been committed to celebrating and promoting Latino culture, thus becoming a cornerstone of El Barrio and the leading latino art institution in the United States. El Museo’s permanent collection of over 8,000 objects spans more than 800 years of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino art, including pre-Columbian Taíno artifacts, 20th century and 21st century drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations, as well as prints, photography, documentary films, and video. 

Since 2005, SP–Arte – São Paulo’s International Art Festival – is a global arts event that brings together renowned art and design galleries. During the event, local museums and cultural institutions host a strong parallel program including panel discussions, exhibition openings, and special visits that offer an overview of São Paulo’s contemporary art circuit. SP–Arte plays an essential role in Latin America’s art market and strongly contributes with Brazil’s creative economy. In their 18th edition, happening April 6th through 10th 2022 at the Bienal Pavilion, 100 art galleries and more than 30 design studios, apart from publishers and institutional participations are spread across the Pavilion’s three floors. This year, there are also special projects that seek to approximate the market and the general public of autonomous agents (artists, self-managed spaces) that constitute the art system.