Cut-out Project

As part of St+art Goa 2017, the foundation envisioned a series of 7 quirky portraits of local Goans that were positioned strategically in locations across the city. Taking inspiration from the larger-than-life cut-out poster culture of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states, the project was conceptualised by designer and visual artist Hanif Kureshi. It sought to celebrate archetypal Goan faces through a medium that was till then reserved only for famous personalities.

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The project provided a chance for cultural exchange between the southern states, while directing the spotlight towards everyday Goan stories. The cut-outs enticed various reactions from passers-by, mainly since such a grand display of commoners wasn't something the city had witnessed before.

The cut-outs for the portraits were painted by Bollywood Artist Deepak Sarast and team. For the project, they were brought from Sarast’s famed studio in Bangalore and assembled into imposing, 40-feet-tall portraits of regular Goan faces.

Celebrated at one point, these artists have lost their livelihood with the arrival of digital printing.

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