Serendipity Arts Festival: An Exclusive Preview
Bringing together visual, performing and culinary arts in Goa, the Serendipity Arts Festival has a stunning photographic offering too.
With a multi-disciplinary festival that includes music, dance, theatre along with culinary and visual arts, the Serendipity Arts Festival promises to be an immersive experience from the 16–23 December. The diverse panel of curators includes Dinesh Khanna, Prashant Panjiar, Jyotindra Jain, Manjari Nirula, Ranjit Hoskote and Riya Komu for the visual arts. There are group and individual exhibitions, primarily displayed at the Adil Shah Palace, amongst other locations. On view will also be Prabuddha Dasgupta’s Edge of Faith, which we write on, in the coming pages. One can find more information at www. serendipityartsfestival.com
Curated by Dinesh Khanna, Serendipity Street showcases the works of photographers and collectives from around the country who capture the heart of the streets of India. With stories of simpler moments, happiness encompassed in striking visuals, this exhibition aims to explore the theme of serendipity that can be found on the 68 streets of India.
As We See Us
Curated by Dinesh Khanna, As We See Us will see the work of 34 Indian photographers and explore what form Indian portraiture today exists in. It examines how photographers explore the idea of what should be. Trying to answer the question “is there such a thing as the Indian Gaze?”, the exhibition examines how we choose to portray ourselves given our long tryst with the British rule and a tangled, confused visual influence.
In Memory Of
Indian homes often have portraits of deceased loved ones adorning the walls next to deities on altars. Rajtilak Naik travelled across the length of Goa photographing these remembrance walls that have now made their way across the houses. He captures the spaces that have been lovingly adorned in the memory of loved ones, which often share space with other home decor, and portraits of the living too.
Old Homes New Homelands
From the family archives of Arminio S Riberiro, we see the journey of a family as it moves across continents. With birthdays, deaths, weddings and personal and professional achievements, we see photographs from a time when Goans were travelling far from their homes for better opportunities.
Posed as the characters that they play on stage, the Goan Tiatr actors pose for Alex Fernandes as he explores the themes of identity and performance. While Alex Fernandes made a set of portraits around this concept previously, he created a new body of work that he will be displaying at the festival.