About MOG

 

Art is the universal language of mankind and has the power to connect people from all over the world.

 

Vision: To create a tolerant, liberal, happy, connected and humane society using art as a medium of change.

Mission: To create opportunities to expose a large population to contemporary art and thus break the cultural barrier.

 

Since its inception in 2015, the Museum of Goa (MOG) has endeavoured to bring art and local history to larger audiences, in an attempt to reduce the huge cultural gap that exists in India. As the majority of the Indian population is excluded from the opportunity to view and enjoy contemporary arts, MOG is looking to address this problem, by making art accessible to all.

 

Founded and curated by artist Subodh Kerkar, the museum showcases a permanent exhibition, which narrates Goa’s histories through the use of contemporary art. New works are added regularly to this display, thereby ensuring that the museum is constantly evolving. The museum also offers an art space for temporary exhibitions, meaning they are constantly on the lookout for exciting new contributors, making the content of the gallery highly dynamic. As well as providing a gallery space and sculpture garden, the Museum of Goa also organises workshops, residencies, lectures, musical performances and art courses. ‘MOG Sunday’ has become a weekly lecture series led by eminent artists, scholars and activists, who use the museum’s auditorium space to speak to on a variety of subjects. It has become a popular addition to the MOG programme, and adds to the cultural blend that makes the museum unique.

 

Further to the aforementioned activities, the museum recently launched the annual Goa Affordable Art Fest. This has added another dimension to the museum, encouraging new audiences and first time art buyers to invest in high quality products. MOG’s 1,500m2 internal area offers a vibrant and inclusive space for many forms of contemporary art, thus bringing together artists, curators, collectors, enthusiasts, educators, students and audiences from all walks of life. It is envisioned less as a repository of objects, and more as a laboratory of ideas where all art forms are in constant dialogue with each other. MOG welcomes all types of multidisciplinary art forms, and is filled with painting, sculpture, photography, design, video, and installation. By initiating a dialogue between all areas of the arts, MOG has placed itself, and Goa in general, on the international art map.

 

The museum, located centrally in Pilerne Industrial Estate, is a three storey structure designed by the well-known architect Dean D’Cruz. Standing between industry on one side and forestland on the other, the Museum of Goa is home to both permanent and temporary exhibition space, an auditorium, store and café, as well as a sculpture garden and artists' studios.

 

 

Our Team

T M Yadhukrishnan
Project Coordinator
He writes for random train-featuring video clips, that takes him into a dream within a dream maze! He tries to keep his mind constantly stimulated with imaginationary and absurd things which often drive his creative writing. At MOG, he tries to be friendly and organizes a talk every Sunday. And also co-ordinates with workshops, performances, screenings and other fun stuff. You can write to him at yadhuformog@gmail.com

Vaishnavi Kumar
Storyteller
A chirpy human who finds joy in making people laugh; she is driven by her desire to learn new things. She completed her bachelors in History from Delhi University and has been pursuing her love for languages. Grew up reading stories, she devoured every mystery book she could get her hands on. Now she explores new ways to bring stories to life and life to stories! A passionate foodie who’s always itching to travel, she thrives on adventure and new experiences.

Neha N Khorjuvekar
Project Coordinator
Neha is working on Project WoW (Women@Work) an initiative to empower underprivileged women through creative livelihood opportunities. She grew up in the picturesque coastal village of Chapora Goa, completed her bachelors in History and Masters of social work from Pune University in Urban and Rural community Development. She has received the National and State Youth Award by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, GOI for her contribution in youth development activities and social awareness. She was also chosen for International cultural exchange delegation to Cambodia by Ministry of sports and youth affairs of India to study cultural and youth related problems internationally.

Dipti
Project Coordinator, GAAF 2018
1. Holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Tourism 2. Can: Doodle | Read | Cook | Plan | Organise Data 3. Trier in : Traveling | Writing | Researching | Not Planning | Designing | Dancing | Gardening 4. Can communicate best in bullet points

Dr. Subodh Kerkar
Director
Subodh Kerkar was born in a small picturesque village of Keri on the Northern border of Goa in 1959. A qualified medical professional who gave up medicine to pursue arts 27 years ago, he has carved a niche for himself, especially in the field of conceptual art and land art. He is the founding director of Museum of Goa which is one of the largest privately owned contemporary art spaces in India. He has exhibited in India and in other parts of the world, in galleries and museums; apart from which he has also participated in a number of other shows, and has also lectured on art worldwide, including at UCL, and Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Siddharth Kerkar
Consultant
Currently studying Fine Art and Design from Central Saint Martins, London; Siddharth grew up in Saligao, Goa. He has been a part of Art Bengaluru, India and Algarve Artist Network Art Faur, South Portugal. He is an abstract artist and consults MOG on several art projects.

Carmine Fernandes
Officer, Finance and HR
Studied Commerce in DMC College, Goa; Carmine grew up in Candolim, Goa. Carmine has been associated for more than 20 years with Kerkar Art Complex, an art gallery started prior to MOG. At MOG, she works as a General Administrator. She loves listening to music and feasting on Goan cuisine. You can write to her at carmineformog@gmail.com

Dmytro Dokunov
Digital Artist
Studied Computer Science & Networking in Polytechnic University of Odessa; Dmytrov grew up in Ukraine. He is the co-founder of Pixelated Realities, a public non-profit organization that is engaged in Virtual Reality and Architecture. At MOG, he works as the Digital Artist for various projects of the Museum. He has an interest in 3D scanning, 3D printing, Virtual Reality, Film Making and Photography.

Yogesh Mopkar
Accountant
Studied Arts in Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sanquelim; Yogesh grew up in Bicholim, the mining heartland of Goa that is surrounded by serene lakes. At MOG, he handles the daily accounts along with the sale of artworks at the museum. You can write to him at mogyogesh1@gmail.com

Lavina D’souza
Receptionist
Studied B.Com in St. Xavier’s College, Goa; Lavina grew up in Saligao, Goa; a place that is surrounded by scenic agricultural fields. She worked as an auditor at Accelya Kale Solutions, Porvorim for 2 years. At MOG, she handles the MOG Store and ticket counter. She loves to travel and bake sweet delicacies. You can write to her at lavinamog@gmail.com

Joaquim Mendes
Graphic Designer
Studied Applied Arts in Goa College of Art, Panjim; Joaquim grew up in Tiracol, Goa. He worked as a Graphic Designer at Cognizant in Kolkata. At MOG, he creates amazing animations and posters for all our events, exhibitions and workshops. You can write to him at joaquimmog@gmail.com

Aditi Rakhe
Project Manager
Aditi is a passionate art historian who recently completed masters in History of Art from the University of Nottingham (U.K.). She has bachelors in architecture, and has worked as a designer, editor and writer. She wishes to continue to pursue a career in the promotion, conservation, publication and curation of art. You can write to her at aditiformog@gmail.com

Sunil Shivani
Artisan
Sunil grew up and studied in Kolahpur, Maharashtra. He worked as a polisher for a furniture manufacturing business in Mapusa. He has been working with MOG for 15 years. His tasks include painting, framing, polishing and certain electric works. He likes to watch the Indian form of wrestling, known as Kushti.

Anil Kumbhar
Artisan
Studied in Adarsh High School, Sirsangi; Anil grew up in Kolahpur, Maharashtra. He is the younger brother of Parashuram and has been working with MOG for 10 years. His tasks too include Clay Works, such as Molding & Pottery and also Fiber work such as Fiber-glass molding. He likes to watch several sports but loves to play cricket.

Ramesh V Pirvolkar
Welder
Ramesh grew up in Britona, a traditional Goan village known for its fishing activities. He used to work as a Bus bodybuilder for a bus manufacturing company. He has been working with MOG for 17 years. His tasks include Welding and Denting. He loves to go fishing with his friends and family.

Shankar Pandit
Artisan
Studied in a Government School, Karnataka; Shankar grew up in Devan village, Karnataka. He used to work as a carpenter in a furniture workshop, Candolim. He has been working with MOG for 25 years. His tasks include Wood Works, such as Carving. He likes to cook various dishes.

Parashuram Kumbhar
Artisan
Studied in Adarsh High School, Sirsangi; Parashuram grew up in Kolahpur, Maharashtra. He has been working with MOG for 16 years. His tasks include Clay Works, such as Molding & Pottery and also Fiber work such as Fiber-glass cutting. He likes to watch and play cricket.

Rasna Dudeja
Marketing Executive
Born and brought up in Rajasthan, she herself is an artist and has experimented with a variety of art forms from a very young age. Rasna represents MOG at the level of promoting the place, personally and through social platforms, and making more and more people acquainted with the magical experiences, art can offer here at MOG further helping them lighten their day. You can write to her at rasnamog@gmail
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