Hailing from different parts of Goa, three artists – Inacio Alvares, Joseph Febian Franco and Arnesto Borges – have come together to exhibit their artwork at Kala Academy. What is different about this exhibition is that each artist has used a different medium and technique to express various elements of everyday life.
Inacio who has been painting for last 20 years, has tried to focus on stories of Goa for this exhibition. He felt a need to preserve or conserve the various cultural aspects of Goa that are slowly fading away. “Earlier in Goa you would notice people using stone grinders to grind the masalas but today with the mixer and other electronic gadgets have replaced them. Similarly, you cannot find many toddy tappers and this has made me wonder if the coming generation would know about these things. As an attempt to conserve these cultural aspects through the medium of painting I have themed my artwork on the traditions of Goa,” says Inacio who has about 14 paintings up at the exhibition.
Calangute-based Joseph has over the years been practicing etching. Speaking about this technique he says: “It’s not easy to do etching. You require a proper studio and the right kind of paints and equipments. The department of Art and Culture has given a studio for artists which they can utilise for their work. For many years I have been working with themes like nature, animal etc but this time I thought of exploring what’s underwater. You will find underwater stories portrayed through the medium of print making at the exhibition.”
On the other hand, doing away with the usual canvas, Arnesto has given a pebble a new life, as seen at the exhibition. “Yes! I have used the pebble as my canvas. Pebble art is not very popular in Goa. I thought of this art when I used to go by the river side and see the pebbles in various shapes and sizes; and realised they made perfect surfaces to draw a landscape. After I was successful at one try, I realised that there was so much one can do with pebbles,” says graphic designer by profession, Arnesto. The stone art is his own initiative and he intends to give paintings a new look from a different perspective.
The three artists have through their individual styles, brought out everyday sights and things that we generally take for granted, and immortalised them in their art. To catch a glimpse of the lifestyles that are fading away, head to the Kala Academy’s Art Gallery.
(The inauguration will at 4.30 p.m. at the hands of deputy speaker of Goa legislative Assembly, Michael Lobo and will be open for the public viewing from January 25 to January 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Kala Academy, Panaji.)
Extracted from The Navhind Times Buzz
Pic Credits- Hemant Parab
The travelling exhibition ‘Light Matters’ is on till December 31 at Goa Science Centre and Planetarium, Miramar. Details: 2463426.
Registrations for 49th edition of IFFI gets underway
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Fashion Fusion Nite 2018
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Ribhav gets call-up for India U-19 football team
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3 Indian films to vie for Golden Peacock award
The 49th edition of IFFI will open with the world premiere of ‘The Aspern Papers’ directed by Julien Landais, while the world premiere of the German film, ‘Sealed Lips’ will draw curtains over the festival. Altogether 15 international films including 3 Indian films – ‘Bhayanakam’ (Malayalam), ‘To Let’ (Tamil), and ‘Ee MaYove’ (Malayalam) – will vie for the Golden Peacock award under the International Competition section of IFFI 2018. The festival director, Chaitanya Prasad said that the opening, as well as the closing ceremony of the IFFI 2018, will be entertaining and thematic. “Although we are in the process of finalising guests of honour for these ceremonies, actor Akshay Kumar will be attending the opening ceremony,” he informed, adding that Akshay Kumar will also attend the opening of the public screenings of films on the theme of sports, at the Joggers Park, at Altinho, starting from November 21 to 27, from 7 p.m onwards regularly. ESG vice-chairman Rajendra Talak said that a Goan short film, ‘Seetee’ directed by Gopinath Chandelkar has been selected to screen during the film festival under the Goan Section. The Serendipity Art Festival in association with the ESG will present ‘Football – A Beautiful Life’, a […]
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Iffi ends with the hope of a grander festival
The much loved International Film Festival of India drew to a close on 28th November 2018. The closing ceremony ended with the promise of a bigger, grander Iffi the following year. The hosts of the evening were actress, Sophie Choudry, and actor, Arjan Bajwa. Many prominent dignitaries graced the event like Anil Kapoor, Mridula Sinha (governor of Goa), and Vijai Sardesai (Minister of Town and Country Planning). Sardesai said: “There couldn’t be a better place for Iffi. Goa has usually been on the minds of filmmakers. Regional cinema has to find a place in national cinema. We would like to encourage Goan filmmakers to come forward and make films.” He also apologized to all the delegates who suffered inconvenience. Indian celebrities such as Anil Kapoor, Rakul Preet, Chitrangada Singh, Diana Penty and Keerthi Suresh walked the red carpet. The ceremony had dazzling performances by X1X and Vipin Aneja. The 8 days of Iffi 2018 had various film screenings, master classes by celebrities, and panel discussions. The number of delegates for this year had increased a lot more. Mr KJ Alphons (Tourism minister of India) said: “People today are very fond of Indian cinema.” He encouraged the audience to tour India […]
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