Around the City

The Goan Proverb Project

Mindful of the increasing communication gap between the young and older generations, in December 2017 St+art invited the Hand Painted Type Project to paint a series of local Goan proverbs on the shutters of shops in Panjim.

Believing proverbs to be words of wisdom that are passed down through generations, the project worked with sign-painting artists and translated local proverbs into vibrant art pieces.

The project presented an interesting opportunity to generate curiosity and initiate a dialogue between the young and the old. It served the additional purpose of helping revive sign painting as an artform, the use of which has dwindled since the advent of digital fonts.

With a laid-back culture that isn’t complete without an afternoon siesta, one can see many closed shop shutters across Goa in the afternoons. These closed shop shutters gave us the opportunity to use them as canvases for painting proverbs.