Projects : Palate Goa, 2015

A4A offers opportunities to artists to engage with the public through public art projects /installations without being concerned about building a permanent installation. These artworks may be created with unusual media and may benefit a particular cause; pique public awareness of an important or timely issue or simply add momentary beauty to the site. Art is the perfect stimulus for conversation and ideas, and the unique Palate festival celebrating food is a place where people come to be engaged,  inspired and entertained.  The artworks not just intrigue and delight passers-by; but also

allow them to pause to consider in  myriad and open-ended ways on the varied issues highlighted by the artists.

The invited artists are given free rein to design art installations that reflect their creative oeuvres and personal engagements thus creating awareness or maybe  just to trigger creative stimulants.  One of the aims is to bring  into focus, issues that confront  our world and environment  through art and

creating a discourse among local communities and the artists in a semi intimate environment.

‘INFINITE SHAKTI’ by Katharina Poggendorf-Kakar

Red chillis are a potent metaphor for inner heat and desire, for female fertility, sexuality as well as rage. Chilli powder is still carried by a significant number of women when they move in public space, utilized as a rapist-deterrent. Since the 16th century, chillis are also used on a daily base in cooking, they are thus of great importance  to the Indian palate and cuisine. ‘My installation consists of pillars made of dried chillis,  2.50 meter in height, mounted on a copper cylinder. It’s title, Infinite Shakti, refers to the Indian concept of Shakti as a creative (feminine) force or power, thus to the potency of

condensed power.’

'BIOSCOPE’ by Dhiraj Pednekar

‘Bioscope’ a travelling movie theatre, was the medium of projecting motion pictures, and the source of entertainment. But today this source has dissappeared, and has been replaced by various other high tech media. Project ‘Bioscope’ is the idea to get back again into public sphere so as to have a dialogue with people.  Here,  it appears as a Goan architectural structure,  within which is a projected video work about Goan landscapes. The idea is

about dislocation of landscapes into our architectural spaces.

CHICKEN CAFREAL by Subodh Kerkar

Goa was an important emporium of the slave trade. Starting in the 16th century, the Portuguese brought to Goa thousands of slaves from Mozambique with many of them mustered into the army. In one army camp, the black soldiers cooked a chicken dish using chillies, coriander and other spices. The Portuguese officer liked the dish very much and named it ‘Chicken Cafreal’, after the African soldiers who were referred to as Kafirs!

Today it is a popular dish in Goa and in Lisbon as well.