Symposium of art icons MOG

By on March 07, 2019
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Museum Of Goa (MOG) Foundation and Raza Foundation together organised a two-day symposium bringing icons of the contemporary Indian art scene to engage, converse, learn and share about the arts at Museum of Goa.

The first edition of Raza-MOG-Souza Dialogues was a collaborative effort to create a space wherein various forms of art engage, talk to and celebrate each other. The dialogues conceived to be an ideational exchange between eminent artists and scholars of diverse disciplines  held panel discussions between seemingly disparate arenas of art and expertise including contemporary visual art, literature and performance art among others. The symposium curated by poet, art critic, cultural theorist, and writer Sabitha Satchi constituted four discussions between nine eminent artists and art institution builders from all over India. It boasted a line-up of heavy weights of the contemporary Indian Art Scene  including Goa’s own Wendell Rodricks in talks with Orijit Sen about art, design, fashion and textile history. Executive director of India Foundation for Arts Arundhathi Gosh in conversation with Shanthiroad founder Suresh Jayaram and MOG founder Subodh Kerkar appealed to enthusiasts curious about art institutions and their relevance. Jeet Thayil, winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for Narcopolis, in conversation with the curator about his books, process of research and writing for music was one of the most exciting and curious of the set. The conversations  ranged from poetry to archiving, digital art to fashion; design to literature and artist-driven art institutions. While trying to offer a platform for the ordinary to engage and reflect on the multitudes of ideas and practices the panelists engage with, the dialogues also provided students of art, literature, history and other disciplines with a space to come out of age-old classroom curricula and acquaint themselves to new thoughts, processes and movements within the ever-expanding world of art.  It offered an opportunity for the socially, politically and environmentally conscious citizens of Goa to gather and break the seemingly isolated intellectual discussions that happen within  elite circles and put them back into public spaces - where they rightfully belong.

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