France at Serendipity

France at Serendipity Arts Festival (SAF)

The Serendipity Arts Festival (SAF) is a inter-disciplinary cultural event which, every year since 2016, has been offering a programme that gives place of pride to all forms of arts, with a focus on arts education, transversal and access to culture. It takes place in emblematic places in the city of Panjim that are usually closed to the public, or are in the public space.

France at Edition 2019

From welcoming several french artists and cultural professionals, 2019 Edition of SAF brought  collaborations with increased French participation.

– Presentation of the exhibition of video art from the collections of the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris “Close to Virtuality”, curated by Jessica Castex and Odile Burluraux (IFI support). They were in Goa from 11 to 16 December 2020. The exhibition was inaugurated on 14 December.

– Concert by the musician Floy Kourchi (in residence in Pune) on 15 and 16 December (supported by IF/DDCA and IFI). Floy arrived in Goa on the 13th and leave on the 16th of December 2020.

-Intervention of the collective Les Châteaux en l’air and presentation of their project “Shelter” (ephemeral and interactive installation based on cardboard boxes) in the Children Park during the festival. These interventions are part of their Indian tour (IF/Grand Est and IFI support). Ramona Poenaru (multimedia artist, performer) and Gaël Chaillat (actor, director and playwright) who make up the collective was in Goa from 13 to 22 December 2020.

– Invitation of Sam Stourdzé, Director of Rencontres d’Arles, to the scientific committee of the exhibition presented by Rahaab Allana within the framework of the festival. Mr Stourdzé will also take part in a round table entitled “Communicating the Region: Institutional Crossovers From South Asia”. He was in Goa from 14 to 17 December.

– Performance by French artist Olivier de Sagazan as part of the program commissioned by Nikhil Chopra at HH Art Space on December 17 and 18 from 7 to 8 pm. Olivier de Sagazan was in Goa from 12 to 20 December 2020.

France at SAF 2019

Gallery 2019

Video 2019

France at Edition 2018

Here’s what was in store at the 2018 edition of the festival!

– Bénédicte Alliot, Director General of the Cité internationale des arts participated in ‘Line of Flight’, a day long symposium dedicated to artistic residencies across the world, bringing together professionals from diverse disciplines at one location.

– The exhibition, ‘My Color On Your Plate’, commissioned by renowned Indian artist Subodh Gupta, presents the works of two French artists.

– ‘Geopolitics of oversight’ (Géopolitique de l’oubli) by Daphné Le Sergent which questions our relationship with borders and mythologies.

– ‘See the sea’ (Voir la mer) by Sophie Calle, a collection of 14 digital films (in colour, with sound) and framed colour photographs. For this work, accomplished in 2011, Sophie Calle took the residents of a very popular suburban area of Istanbul to see the Mediterranean sea for the first time and photographed their faces before and after the sighting.

– Rahaab Allana, commissioner for the exhibition on vernacular photography ‘Common Ground: New Futures for Passing Images’, collaborated with Stars Archive (Studies in Tamil Archive and Society), a project that aims to safeguard and promote photographs taken in the studios of Tamil Nadu in the 1880s.

– Daphné Le Sergeant presented her project Geopolitics of oblivion (Géopolitique de l’oubli) as a part of the exhibition commissioned by renowned Indian artist Subodh Gupta ‘My Color on Your Plate’, at the festival.

– One of the prominent figures of the contemporary art scene, French artist and  photographer Sophie Calle presented ‘Seeing the sea’ (Voir la mer) as a part of the exhibition commissioned by renowned Indian artist Subodh Gupta ‘My Color on Your Plate’, at the 2018 Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa.

Gallery 2018