Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts invites you to its show Time, Space, Memory: decoding contemporary video. The show brings together the voices of five artists using the moving image as a point of departure and a tool for aesthetic inquiry. Through a series of projects by Divesh Gadekar, Srinivas Mangipudi, Enit María, Dhiraj Pednekar & Afrah Shafiq, the show examines how the language of video is used today.
Set against a spatial and phenomenological framework, it explores the media's expansive nature and reflects upon its new provocations in both subject and form.
Divesh Gadekar explores the making and dissolution of an idol reminiscing past affinities between nature and local rituals. Enit María & Srinivas Mangipudi capture intergalactic forms and their vibrations filtering through plants in the Amazon. For Dhiraj Pednekar, trees and architecture act as invaders into the landscape, each trying to manipulate the other until both are rendered indiscernible. Afrah Shafiq creates a portal through which we navigate the secret lives of the first generation of women to be educated in pre-Independence India.
The artists invite us to navigate artificial landscapes through which binaries between real and imagined fluctuate. We experience video’s hybrid qualities and reflect upon how it continues to inform our subjectivities and shape our culture. We receive various stimuli, respond to it and renegotiate our presence within space and time and in relation to the outside.
Time, Space, Memory: decoding contemporary video is now open and on view till 17 September 2022, 10.00 am to 6.30 pm.
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Divesh Gadekar is a multidisciplinary artist using sound, form and visuals in versatile ways. His work is deeply influenced by the rhythms and traditions of folk instruments from his native surroundings. Gadekar is a percussionist engaging with the nature and history of sounds. His lyrical inquiries into the landscape are an effort to create a sense of belonging and identity while also creating linkages between culture, people and memory. His shows include Maati – morphing landscapes at Sadhana Dell’Arte, curated by Lina Vincent, Unravelling Stories as part of EIFA Goa Chitra Museum Fellowship and Goa Familia Project by Serendipity Arts Festival. In 2018, he was awarded the Fundação Oriente Visual Arts Award.
Enit María and Srinivas Mangipudi are an artist duo from Peru and India based in Goa. Having diverse individual practices, they work together to enable a heuristic process of creation and learning through a multi-disciplinary dialogue. Their works have been exhibited at ROSPHOTO State Museum of St. Petersburg, Parque Lage School of Visual Arts, The Drawing Center, National Library of Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm University of the Arts, Goa Open Arts Festival, Art Gallery of the Embassy of Peru in New Delhi, Visual Arts School of Iquitos, ART FIFA Montréal. They were also founding members of GOA CAP- Goa Centre for Alternative Photography.
Dhiraj Pednekar is a visual artist and educator, living in Goa. His practice comprises drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, audio-visual production, and performance. His recent works carry strong imprints of environmental and social consciousness and raise concerns over unbridled human invasion into the natural world. Pitted against the backdrop of ecology and consumerism, his works present society in a constant state of conflict. His exhibitions include Yuva Sumbhava organized by Raza Foundation, Into the Vault curated by Goa Artists Collective, Museum of Goa, Land Spaces curated by Vignesh Gorti, Art Houz Gallery, Mapping Frontiers curated by Lina Vincent, Goethe Zentrum, Krishnakriti Festival, Open Day 17 & 16 at Hotel Heritage Art Spaces, How Strong the Breeze, How Precious the Flight at Salar Jung Museum
Afrah Shafiq is a multidisciplinary artist based in Goa. Her work emerges from deep engagements with archives, stories and other fugitive material across collections – both institutional and informal. Shafiq is interested in rupturing existing narratives, and creating subversive, speculative new ways of looking at the familiar. Her work has been included in the 2nd Lahore, 4th Kochi-Muziris and the 8th Asian Art biennales. She has been a research fellow at the Institut d'études avancées de Nantes, France, attended an archival research residency in Texas and New Mexico with Fluent Collaborative and worked with a series of archives in the North of England through a residency with the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art. She is currently a fellow at the Field Research Programme by the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow