An exhibition of contemporary works that takes you on a journey through Goa's histories.
For the past decade, Dr. Subodh Kerkar has been engaged with histories of Goa. Goa has had a very tumultuous past, with different empires presiding over her destiny, each leaving a mark on her chequered history. Though the influences of 450 years of Portuguese rule are most visible, many precious influences have survived the onslaught of time and can be traced to antiquity.
The ocean has also played an important role in Goa's history. The waves that unfurl across the 100 kms of Goa's coast have not just carved and shaped rocks; but also ideas, dreams and narratives.
Dr. Subodh was very fascinated with all these forces, as well as stories that connected them that unknowingly, history became a footnote to almost every work he created. He decided to work on sculptures, drawings, paintings, installations, videos and documentaries in response to Goa's histories.
Instead of presenting only his works, he spoke to other artists and requested them to explore histories through their own works as well.
"Histories of Goa", is the fruit of this collective endeavor. Apart from being an artistic exercise, it is also a unique pedagogical experiment of narrating history in a contemporary idiom. The aim of the exhibition is to stir up histories, to dig into the recesses of historical archives, memories and celebrate the 'connectedness' of all cultures. Dr. Subodh decided to also include paintings by his father, Mr. Chandrakant Kerkar, depictions of everyday life in the Goa of his youth. His work is a perfect documentation of the bygone days.
The works highlight distinctive use of investigative media ranging from organic matter such as mussel shells and coconuts to physical fragments of history itself such as obsolete fishing boats and antique Chinese soup spoons. Disparate substances are employed in progressively unconventional compositions that manipulate space and scale as well as time and texture.
The artworks of several artists such as Subodh Kerkar, Siddharth Kerkar, Harshada Kerkar, Kedar Dhondu, Ramdas Gadekar, Sailesh Dabolkar, Shilpa Naik, Sweety Joshi, Sachin Naik, Santosh Morajkar, Friso Witteveen, Kausalya Gadekar, Siddharth Gosavi, Shripad Gurav, Bhisaji Gadekar, Sebastian Kusenberg, Kalidas Mhammal, Soumitrimayee Paital, Vitesh Naik, Pradeep Naik, Viraj Naik, Vaibhav Kitlekar and many more are on display as well as for sale at the museum.