Herald: Goa’s capital to come alive with colour

Goa’s capital to come alive with colour

14 Dec 2018 02:58am IST
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14 Dec 2018 02:58am IST
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St+art India Foundation and Asian Paints collaborates with Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 to bring Goan culture onto the streets through public art interventions

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Serendipity Arts Foundation will be visiting Goa for the second time to create street art interventions across the city of Panjim. Serendipity Arts Festival is a multidisciplinary event and a cultural experience in itself, bringing together visual, performing and culinary arts. Curated by a panel of artists and institutional figures, this third edition of Serendipity Arts Festival will feature over 70 art projects including 40 projects that are commissioned specifically for the festival.

St+art India Foundation in association with Asian Paints aims to look at Panjim from individual perspectives of different creative personalities and their combined effect when all of them are revealed in the urban landscape. Simultaneously, the Goan perspective is brought out front. Through a residency for street artists, the aim of this festival is to excavate, explore and imagine the landscape of Goa. With using present Goa as a point of departure, artists will be invited to develop works that are reflective on Goa’s cultural history, while also on its possible futures. Over a period of one month, the artists will spend time with people and spaces, familiarising themselves with important narratives that will assist them in realising the theme artistically.

With muralists, graphic designers and visual artists, St+art India Foundation aims to beckon Goa beyond its beaches and invites people to immerse themselves in installation and murals around Panjim.Here are the various projects in the pipeline for St+art Goa 2018 as part of Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 this December.

Guerrilla Residency:Six abandoned shops will be revitalised by Indian street artists Daku, Anpu and Amitabh Kumar. Bringing back the true essence of guerrilla street art, these artists will create works that in minimal yet thought provoking.

Murals: International street artists Miles Toland (USA), Okuda (Spain) and Fintan Magee (Australia) will work within key areas of Panjim City dropping large scale murals that reflect to the state’s ecosystem.

Installation:A temporary installation will be installed by Daku in on 31st January Road. The installation will play with words and shadows, reflecting on the life and times of the people of Fontainhas.

Woodtype Signages:Bringing back the project from last year, St+art India will be collaborating with sign painters to develop hand-painted sign boards for shops in Panjim. Moreover, it will further in-corporate woodtype designs on few; bringing back a tradition still seen in few shops.

Amit Syngle, COO, Asian Paints Ltd, said, “We are happy to be back in Goa supporting St+art Festival. Through this festival, we all have a golden opportunity to reinvent public spaces. The hope is to add a bit of vibrancy to the city and uplift the moods, spirits and lives of the people. We want to take art to the masses and make it accessible to a wider range of spectators. Asian Paints is happy to support the national and international artists as they set out to paint landmark locations in unique colours and concepts.”

Adding to that, Hanif Kureshi, St+Art India Co-founder, said, “With the kind of walls in the city, Panjim has a great potential to become one of the major art district in india. With serendipity arts festival st+art is embedding meaningful artworks by various Indian and international artists. At the same time we are also trying restore the beauty of the city by replacing some of the digital shop signages with traditional wooden letterings.

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