Panjim Art District

During St+art Goa 2017, work began in what is now India’s fourth public art district - in Goa’s capital city of Panjim. Not conceptualised as an Art District to begin with, in 2017 the area hosted Indian and international artists who painted murals in separate regions of the locality.

Using distinct stylistic approaches, Indian artists Do&Khatra and Parag Sonaghare and international artists Curiot + Romina (Pelagato Astral) and Guido Van Helten created pieces inspired by their respective interpretations of the city. Spread across key buildings of the town-centre, these murals aimed to instigate introspective, visual-led conversations in regions they were located in.

For St+art Goa, Mexican street artists Romina and Curiot decided to paint a mural about the spirit of the Earth. Through the piece they wanted to reconnect with that very spirit by looking inside and back to the original tribes of the planet - exploring their relation with the forces of nature and the duality of all things.

Aunt Rosy is Do & Khatra’s representation of Goan culture. The artist duo took inspiration for this mural from the supermarket in the building that their mural is painted on. The duo observed that the market was frequented by women who embodied Goan catholic culture. Using their observation to inspire their piece, Aunt Rosy stands tall on the facade of Junta House in Panjim -- clad in a red dress, sporting a bag in one hand and a tender coconut in the other.

For St+art Goa, Sydney-based artist Guido Van Helten wanted his work to reflect the local crafts and traditions of the region. Upon arriving, he went around local pottery villages stretching from Bicholim and Succoro, to the pottery market in Mapusa. Mapusa is where he met Theresa Wallace - an 82-year-old artisan who had been working with pottery for over 60 years. His mural in Goa is a celebration of Theresa, and several others like her.

Artist Parag Sonarghare created a photorealistic mural. His mural depicts a silent observer of people and surroundings. The ‘Observer’s constant gaze makes one aware of oneself and their existence, conveying more about the story of life that they carry. According to the artist, the human face reflects the metaphysical realm of a person, which becomes their feel. His interest lies in the human body/face, which he sees as the evidence of one's journey and psyche.

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