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Guerrilla Residency Project

As we build our cities, at the cost of nature, we end up displacing existing natural fauna to make concrete structures. However, when these structures are abandoned and undergo natural decay, nature begins to reclaim its own. Located at a site that perfectly exemplified this phenomenon - amidst a few deserted shops in a lane in the middle of Panjim, an exciting project took shape during St+art Goa 2018 - the Guerrilla Residency project.

Realised by artist Amitabh Kumar, in collaboration with street artists Anpu Varkey and DAKU, the Guerrilla Residency project revitalized six abandoned shops in a dilapidated area of Panjim to draw a frame around the constant battle between nature and urbanisation. The intervention, made complete by the imagination and creativity of the artists, took to old abandoned stores in a previously trafficked shop lane and brought them back to life.

Kumar’s vivid colours, by contrast, gave the dilapidated stores a new life.

Artist Amitabh Kumar created murals on two abandoned stores facing each other. Now invaded by a tentacular figure getting out of the darkness, the abandoned walls became a new medium of expression for the unbounded imagination.

Online Addiction, by Rutva Trivedi

Artist Rutva Trivedi created a piece in one of the deserted stores which she titled 'Online addiction’. Her artwork is a reminder of our growing addiction to social media, coming as a regulatory check on arm-chair consumerism that forces us all to stick to the screen and chair.

‘Nest’ - creating a home within the wilderness // A moon rising, by Anpu Varkey for the Guerrilla Residency Project

After her work in the Mahim East Art District in Mumbai, artist Anpu Varkey also came to Goa to collaborate in the Guerilla Residency Project. Exploring the idea of creating a ‘home’ in the wilderness, the artist infused a deserted store in the lane with verdant greens and her signature cat.

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