DISCIPLINE VISUAL ARTS
CURATED BY Vivek Menezes
Panelists/Presenters Aruna D'Souza, Amruta Patil, Brendan Fernandes, Antonio e Costa, Anajali Arondekar, Solomon Souza, Sergio Santimano
15 - 21 DEC
Vista Mundo: Conversation Schedule
15th December/ Sunday
4:00 - 6:00 pm: Formal Opening - Azulejo (at Instituto Camões, Casa Basilo Dias)
An historic exhibition featuring 25 brilliant Goa-based artists under the age of 40 years, who first came together in June at the lovely heritage headquarters of Instituto Camões (IC) at the Casa Basilio Dias on the Panjim waterfront, to study and learn about the iconic Islamic-Iberian ceramic tile-work that has spread in innumerable beautiful manifestations all over the world. Their work spans performance and installation to painting and digital art, and authoritatively shifts the global centre of gravity for this international art form towards Panjim, the former capital of the 450-year-old Estado da India Portuguesa.
16th December / Monday
4:00 pm: Introduction - Solomon Souza
The emerging Israel—British star, Solomon Souza also has profound Goan roots via his grandfather, the noted Goan modernist, Francis Newton Souza. Over several weeks preceding Serendipity Arts Festival 2019, on his very first visit to this ancestral homeland, his Mundo Goa project entitled ICON has taken the younger Souza to various locations in his ancestral village of Saligao, as well as Panjim, to produce monumental portraits in tribute to unsung cultural icons of India’s smallest state, including his grandfather.
5:00 pm: Introduction - Brendan Fernandes
After an unprecedented, meteoric 2019, including starring at the Whitney Biennial, Brendan Fernandes makes his artistic debut in his ancestral homeland (he was born in Kenya, into a Goan family with deep roots in East Africa). He works at the intersection of dance and visual arts, including in his groundbreaking Serendipity Arts Festival 2019 project: Let There Be Love .
17th December / Tuesday
4:00 pm: Introduction - Aruna D'Souza
Aruna D'Souza writes about modern and contemporary art; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; and how museums shape our views of each other and the world. Her most recent book Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts (Badlands Unlimited 2018) was named one of the best art books of 2018 by the New York Times.
5:00 pm: Introduction - Amruta Patil
Writer-painter Amruta Patil is the author of graphic novels Kari (2008); the Mahabharat and Purana-based Parva duology, Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean (2012) and Sauptik: Blood and Flowers (2016); and Aranyaka: Book of the Forest (2019). Her Serendipity Arts Festival 2019, entitled Altar, is also her exhibition debut, as well as a profound homecoming because she was raised and went to school and art college in Goa.
18th December / Wednesday
4:00 pm: Introduction - Sergio Santimano
Sergio Santimano was born in Lourenço Marques, now Maputo, Mozambique in 1956 and works in documentary and reportage photography. He is widely regarded one of the major photographers and artists from his generation in East Africa. Some years ago, he began to re-engage with his ancestral roots in Goa, which is the subject of his Serendipity Arts Festival 2019 exhibition: O Retorno (The Return)
5:00 pm: Introduction - Antonio E Costa
Antonio E Costa is an extraordinary transnational artist who has lived, painted, and exhibited to great acclaim all over the world. His works in mixed media, on canvas and paper, over several decades and many periods of transition, have gained a universal reality beyond their visual presence. E Costa’s training in fine arts, architecture and urban design, has widened the scope of his vision to encompass environmental design and woodwork in many countries. Beyond Boundaries, his Serendipity Arts Festival 2019 exhibition, marks the first major retrospective of this supremely skilled abstract artist and sculptor.
19th December / Thursday
The Liberation Dialogues
11:00 am: Itinerant Sex: Goa’s Other Worlds - Anjali Arondekar
This talk engages the emergence of a devadasi collectivity in colonial Goa, the Gomantak Maratha Samaj, to pose two crucial questions: (1) How do histories of sexuality trouble the more routinized passages through which Goan history has been written and celebrated? (2) How can the Samaj's archive of profit and pleasure call attention to itinerant caste forms, and the politics of region they leave behind?
3:00 pm: Ways of Belonging: Amruta Patil and Solomon Souza
4:00 pm: Forever on the Road: Sergio Santimano and Antonio E Costa
5:00 pm: Brownish – South Asian Artists in-between Black and White America: Aruna D'Souza and Brendan Fernandes
20th December / Friday
4:00 - 6:00 pm: Legacy Is Complicated : Anjali Arondekar
21st December / Saturday
4:00 - 6:00 pm: Post-Mortem: Mundo Goa Open Mike.