‘Now You See It: The Invisible River of Konkani Surrealism’ is truly about the multiplicity and diversity
of Goan art. Showcasing around 200 exhibits of 30 artists, this was a signature vent of
Serendipity’17. It is also about how art and artist evolved for the past 150 years in Goa. IT is about
connecting the contemporary to the immediate and larger past. It is quoted on the wall of the
exhibition “Goa has invented a kind of cosmopolitanism that is peculiarly its own. It is a
cosmopolitanism of a lived experience, a cosmopolitanism of inner dialogues, where the outsider
becomes a part of inner world”
The age range of artists are also interesting. It has Vamona Navelcar and Laxman Pai who are in their
90’s. At the same time it has Vineeta Chendvankar and Bhisaji Ghanekar who are in their 20’s. Here
is where art meets it present and future. Here is where it becomes surrealist. Collectively, and
assumed in its wholeness, “Now You See It: The Invisible River of Konkani Surrealism” lets the
present day artists from Goa who are spectacularly accomplished to be recognised and cherished as
an invention of the state’s distinctive cultural progression, which rarely fit together with the rest of
About the curator
Vivek Menezes is a writer, photographer, critic, and co-founder of the annual Goa Literature Festival.
He is handling a column for Times of India. Born in Bombay, he holds degrees from the London
School of Economics. His debut book will be published by Penguin next year.
Artists who participated :
Laxman Pai, Vamona Navelcar, Pradeep Naik, Shilpa Mayenkar, Viraj Naik, Siddharth Gosavi,
Santosh Morajkar, Chaitali Morajkar, Kedar DK, Kalidas Mhamal, Loretti Pinto, Karishme D’Souza,
Sonatina Mendes, Ted Mesquita , Ramdas Gadekar, Vitesh Naik, Norman Tagore, Fernanda de Mello,
Querozito de Souza, Rajeshree Thakker, Bhisaji Gadekar, Sonia Rodrigues Sabharwal, Rajendra
Usapkar, Ryan Abreu, Francis de Souza, Yolanda de Sousa, Vineeta Chendvankar, Suhas Shilker,
Mohan Naik, Shripad Gurav, Nirupa Naik, Aadhi Vishal.