Celebrating LGBTQ through art

Museum of Goa (MOG) Foundation in collaboration with the Humsafar trust and Goa livelihoods forum will be organising an exhibition titled ‘Freedom is in the Air’-an initiative to celebrate the LGBTQ community through art, creative engagement and discourse. This exhibition will be held at MOG, Pilerne from 10th November to 30th November 2018.

The aim behind this initiative is to create a platform wherein the LGBTQ community gathers and celebrate whilst also providing a creative space for them and the others to engage, integrate debate and chart the way forward.

As part of the event, there will be an art installation, exhibition, and seminar. The art installation will be by artist, director – MOG Foundation Subodh Kerkar. The installation will be a 100 meters long net, decorated with rainbow coloured strips that will float in the wind.

Speaking during a press conference on Saturday, Kerkar said: “The ground realities in the Indian society, however, are very different. The legal battle is won, the social battle lies ahead. There is still tremendous discrimination towards the LGBTQ community and through this initiative, we will try to sensitize the general public on this issue.

An exhibition is also being organised wherein the artists from all over India are invited to create works around the subject of the LGBTQ community. The selected works will be exhibited at MOG and will be open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all through the event.

A panel of experts and renowned activists will also be invited to educate, discuss and debate over the implications of striking down of Section 377. As part of the seminar, there will be film screenings and other activities.

Project director, The Humsafar Trust, Murugesan Sivasubramanian said: “The organisation since 1994 has been closely working with LGBT’s health, human rights, and their welfare. Though the Supreme Court has given its judgment there is a need to prepare and make the society understand how to welcome them and help them to come up from their life.”

Goa Livelihoods Forum member Dharmanand Vernekar spoke about their plan of conducting a survey in 4000 households across Goa. He said that during the conclave they will release LGBT livelihoods white paper based on the livelihoods of the community in Goa. “The reason behind this is to help the community have a better understanding of the livelihoods and situation in Goa which could be a trend to be replicated in the rest of the country. The programme will also help the government and industry CSR programmes,” he concluded.