Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts announces the opening of its new show Goa: A Time That Was, an exhibition of photography by Ipshita Maitra, Waswo X. Waswo & Dr. Vishvesh Prabhakar Kandolkar.
The show depicts three periods in Goa’s history and becomes the starting point from where perceptions of belonging and identity are questioned and re-negotiated.
Ipshita Maitra chronicles the ethnographic, ancestral, geographic changes in the landscape using photographic methods that are rarely visible today. Waswo X. Waswo brings together two distinct styles – the vintage studio portrait and traditional photo hand colouring – in a personal memoir of his years spent in Goa and a reminiscing of the many travellers frequenting the coastal belt in search of paradise. Dr. Vishvesh Prabhakar Kandolkar, presents his ongoing research into the afterlife of the Basilica of Bom Jesus, one of the few surviving monuments in Old Goa and an emblem of Indo-Portuguese aesthetics.
The works invite a reflection into the cultural identity of a place which is holding on to its past while charting its path for the future.
Goa: A Time That Was | 8th September to 20 November, 2021, 10.00 am to 7 pm.
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Ipshita Maitra is a lens based practitioner with over 12 years of experience as a photographer, filmmaker and writer. Since 2016 she has been experimenting with various traditional analogue and handcrafted forms of photographic printmaking, re-interpreting historical processes and merging them with a physical materiality in order to convey themes of loss, ethnicity and displacement.
Waswo X. Waswo is a photographer and writer, living and working in India for over 20 years. His works are associated with hand-coloured black & white digital photos and autobiographical miniature paintings. Waswo extensively collaborates with several local artists in Udaipur including the painter Rajesh Soni and miniaturist R. Vijay. Alongside his books, India Poems: The Photographs (Galerie Publishers, 2006), and Men of Rajasthan (Serindia Contemporary, 2011), Photowallah (Tasveer, 2016) and Gauri Dancers (Mapin, 2019), he has had several solo exhibitions and has been included in multiple group shows world over.
Dr. Vishvesh Prabhakar Kandolkar is Associate Professor at the Goa College of Architecture. He researches Goa’s architectural history with a focus on early modern church design and the creation of Indo-Portuguese aesthetics and their afterlife. Apart from considering the social aspects of architectural legacies, he also attends to neoliberal co-optations of design influences. His writing on art, architecture, and cultural politics has been published in various forums, including Economic and Political Weekly, Journal of Human Values, and The Goan.