Aldona, Through Family Eyes
An artistic exploration of vernacular photographs from Aldona
Goans attribute such importance to their ancestral village that it is but natural for the village to be the starting point for a study of vernacular photography in the region.
In the second stage, this archive will work as a “primer” to which artistic interventions will be added. Indian photographer Akshay Mahajan, in collaboration with the anthropologist, will artistically interpret those vernacular images and create new imagery, using the archive alongside domestic objects and family memorabilia. Portuguese artist Angela Berlinde (who is also a researcher on contemporary visual practices that problematize hybrid forms of photography, such as painting and literature) will also intervene in the images by creating new painted photographs -she will additionally hold a workshop for children of Aldona, who are members of the Alban Couto Reading Room for Children.In the third stage, the results of this collective exercise will be exhibited in the sala of the 400 year old D’Sa House, the private residence of the Condillac Family in Quitula, Aldona
This project has been made possible thanks to the Fundaçao Oriente. Other partners are Alban Couto Reading Room, and Bookworm Library. We are indebted to the participating families for sharing their stories and photographs with us and grateful to Prashant Panjiar for his help with the Chic Chocolate images.