Date of Birth: 26 August 1959
Dr. Subodh Kerkar was born in the small picturesque village of Keri, a village on the northern border of Goa in 1959, just two years before Goa was liberated from Portuguese rule. He spent his childhood walking on Goa’s beautiful beaches with his artist father, Chandrakant Kerkar. These walks had a lasting impression on him, fostering a sense of devotion to both his father and the ocean. He is a qualified doctor and ran a hospital for seven years before giving it up to pursue his passion: visual arts.
The ocean deeply influences his installations, both literally and metaphorically. He creates ephemeral installations using mussel shells, coconut shells, recycled tyres, boats, bamboos, fishermen and sand. The ocean is both inside and outside his works, his master and his muse. Dr. Subodh creates large works on the seashore, which often draw from history and politics.
Dr. Subodh is the Founding Director of the Museum of Goa (MOG) and has exhibited widely in India, and in galleries and in museums across the world.
2012: ‘The Pepper Cross’ exhibition at Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin, Germany
2012: United Art Fair, New Delhi
2012: Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2012 in Australia
2012: Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh.
2012: Invited to create an installation at Marina beach, Chennai for Chennai Art Fair 2012
2012: ‘Goa Re-loaded’ a group show at NIV Art Centre, New Delhi
2011: ‘Unfolding of a Dream’, installation at Vagator beach, Goa
2011 ‘The Earth Bowl’ (Prithvi Kund), installation at Ozran, Small Vagator beach, Anjuna - Goa
2010: Ruhr Biennale, Duisburg, Germany
2010: The presence of the absence’, installation for Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla
2009/2007: Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
2009: Exhibition titled ‘The Art of India - 20 years of Contemporary Art’ in Gallery Neumeister,
Munich, organised by The Indian Institute, Munich on its 80th Anniversary.
2009/2007: Jam Jar Gallery, Dubai
2008: Canvas International Art, Amsterdam
2008: Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi
2007: M. dias, Nord Sud International Festival, Geneva
2007: Art Room Gallery, New Delhi
2007: Polka Art Gallery, New Delhi
2007: Gulf Art Fair, Dubai
2006: Gallery 302, New Delhi
2006: Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2006: Award winning installation for Busan Biennale Sea Art Festival, South Korea
2005: 20 installations for Mumbai Festival.
2005/ 2004: Half a kilometer of installations for the International Film Festival of India, Goa
2003: Kronen Gallery, Zurich
2002: Hillestad Gallery, Norway
2001: Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2000: Fundacao Oriente, Macau
1998: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
1997: Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1996, 1995, 1994: Kala Academy, Panjim, Goa
1992 – 1993: 10 shows of watercolors organized by Alliance Francaise in different cities,
including Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Pondicherry, New Delhi, Cochin and
Participation in Art Camps:
• RPG Art Camp, Mumbai 2002
• Oberoi Art Camp, Mumbai 2003
• Marriott Art Camp, Mumbai 2006
• Samanvai Art Camp, Goa, 2007
• Chowgule Art Camp, Goa, 2007
• Kala Academy Art Camp, Goa 2008
• Le Royal Meridien Art Camp, Mumbai 2009
• First Prize in Kala Academy Art Show, Goa 2000
• Busan Biennale Award, 2006
Medium: Old wooden boat, Motor, Plaster of Paris sculptures of Gods and Goddesses
Size: 32cm x 112cm x 21cm
In the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark, God intervenes to save mankind. In the 16th century, the Portuguese started demolishing Hindu temples in Goa. Escaping them, the Hindus carried their deities to safety in small canoes to places like Ponda, which were not under Portuguese control. It is for this reason that today, most Hindu temples are located in the areas in and around Ponda. Thus, man intervened to save the Gods in this case. To this day, in the annual palanquin festival of Lord Ramnath, the honour of lifting the palanquin first goes to the community of boatmen from Adpai (the village known for building wooden boats). Not only do the boatmen carry the palanquin, they also rock it like a boat in memory of the journey of the Gods five hundred years ago. In my work ‘Goa’s Ark’, I have created a wooden boat resembling Noah’s Ark and placed small sculptures of the Gods on the deck. This work is my humble attempt to pay a tribute to the fascinating amalgamation of Goa’s Hindu and Christian heritage.