Exploring the Portuguese connection

February 07, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:33 am IST - NEW DELHI:

There are several countries in that world that are connected by a common history of having some sort of Portuguese influence due to colonisation.

These Portuguese-influenced countries are not just influenced by the language and culture left behind, but are tied together through the works of a wide range of artists belonging to different generations. Their skills are on display in a show titled Lusophonies Lusofonias at the India International Centre here.

About 150 works in multiple media such as screen, canvas, paper, textiles, video and various other media and sculpture are on display and the exhibition has been divided into three sections: Colonialism, Independence and Future Miscegenation and Diaspora. The aim is to familiarise people with the art emerging from Portuguese-speaking countries and how it has evolved.

This travelling exhibition has been curated by Carlos Cabral Nunes and expresses the artistic diversity of the earlier artists as well as the work of a new generation of Portuguese-speaking artists.

Carlos says, “All the different works, perspectives, participants, authors and media exhibited in “Lusophonies | Lusofonias” have a common connection, whether experiential or through a formal aesthetic, to African roots.”

Carlos says his focus now is on finding more connections with Portugal and Asia and is on a hunt for more influences found in India, especially Goa, and other parts of the Orient. He hopes that this endeavour will bring the people of these countries together through art.

India is represented at the exhibition by the works of Subodh Kerkar

The exhibition is on view till February 15 at the Art Gallery, Kamaladevi Complex, IIC. It is being held in collaboration with Perve Gallery, Lisbon, and Embassies of Portugal, Angola, Brazil and Mozambique.

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