INSTALLATION

Anatomical Studies of Our Ancestors

Diptej Vernekar

Venue: ADIL SHAH PALACE, PANJIM

Timings: 10:30 – 18:30

 

The project is based on postcolonial identities which are prominent in Goa, but also rapidly fading from existence (plant species, furniture, architecture etc. that speak of ancestry as well as shared histories of the land) The architecture of Goan Catholics has strong Portuguese, Mughal, and Indian influences. Most of these houses were built between the 18th and early 20th century, in a mixture of Neoclassical and Gothic Revival. Goan people that travelled abroad, returned with ideas and influences from other countries and executed these ideas using local materials, making houses with an eclectic mix of different cultural elements. Today, most of the houses are in disrepair due to the mass exodus of Goans to European countries leaving many houses abandoned and neglected; family disputes over property also contributes to this neglect. Through this project, which consists of three sculptures, Diptej is trying to understand our ancestors through postcolonial objects— plant species, architecture and furniture— which he likens to human anatomy. The process is a metamorphosis of fragments into full bodied elements. The project deals with the past and present state of space.

Diptej Vernekar

Diptej S. Vernekar completed his Masters in Fine Art at the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad and Bachelors in the Goa College of Art, in 2012. He won the third place for his sculpture in 2009, and third place for his painting in 2010 in the student category at the State Art Exhibition of Goa.
In December 2013, he was a part of a collaborative work for Trash Art Festival an initiative of the City Corporation of Panjim, Goa. The objective of this work was to use discarded material and trash to create a work of public art. Additionally, he has worked with theatre arts students of SN school, University of Hyderabad, with Digital scenography for a piece called ‘physicosis 4.48’ and a site specific work titled ‘a part of extension and existence’. He was also awarded the Kala Sakshi award by the Kala Sakshi Memorial Trust, New Delhi in 2013.

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