Heritage and the Politics of Culture
Even as Goan artist Vamona Navelcar’s work chronicles the diverse locations of his life across three continents, it is these very transits that have made the Goan-origin artist’s legacy verge on disappearance. As this presentation will argue, it is the politics of nationalism at the three continental sites that constitute Navelcar’s life-cartography that have, both, defined this artist’s trajectory and obscured his oeuvre. In 2017-18, the presenters organized a retrospective of Navelcar’s art in Goa. Their presentation will reveal how some of the oldest pieces by Navelcar came to be part of the exhibition while also examining how his art embodies, and preserves, a Lusophone Afro-Asiatic heritage that crosses the Indian Oceanic world. This paper is co-authored with R. Benedito Ferrao.