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'Agua Quente
(Hot Waters)'
Acrylic on Canvas
Size-72''x56'

'Bollywood Hero'
medium: Acrylic on Canvas-
year 2014
Size 10''x12''
Price: Rs.15000
'Destino'
medium: Arylic on canvas
size: 18''x22''

 

'Fixed Matches'
medium: Acrylic on Canvas
size-40''x30''-
2016-NA

"Gafanhoto'
size:72''x56''
medium: Acrylic on Canvas
'Hidden truth'
medium: acrylic on canvas:
size: 30''x40''
'HiddenTruth II'
medium: Acrylic on canvas
size: 30"x40"
NA

'Hidden truth-III'
medium: acrylic on canvas-size: 30''x40''
'Jack in the box'
acrylic on canvas
size: 30''x40"
Man, Beast and the Forbidden Fruit.
medium: Acrylic on Canvas
size: 12''x13'
year 2013'-NA
'Mocktail'
medium: Acrylic on canvas
size: 12''x10''
-NA
'My Soulmate and Me'
medium: Acrylic on canvas
NA

' New Age
Taverna Patron'
medium: Acrylic on canvas
size:24" x 28"

'No pulling strings'
medium: Acrylic on canvas
size: 30''x 24''
year: 2016
'Portrait of a Loser'
medium: Acrylic on Cavas
size: 36''x48"
NA
'Pretendente'
medium: Acrylic on canvas
size: 18''x22''
'Segundo Dia'
( The Second Day)
medium: Acrylic on Canvas
size-20''x22"
NA
'Senhor de Si'
medium: Acrylic on Canvas
size: 30" x 20"
'The Betrayed and the Betrayer'
medium: Acrylic on canvas
size: 48''x48''
'The Greatest Commanment'
medium: Acrylic
'Trouble with Adam'
medium: Acrylic on canvas
2013 - NA

"Half-tones of the soul's consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are" - Fernando Pessoa (Book of Disquiet)

To be Goan in 2016 is to live with insecurity, disquiet, and overwhelming feelings of powerlessness and loss. This is especially true for Yolanda de Sousa, whose unerring intuition and deep compassion resonates throughout 'A Alma E A Vida', the 22nd omnibus solo exhibition of an artist at the height of her faculties. These paintings comprise what Susan Sontag called "an archive of longings", replete with saudades and anguish tempered by stirrings of hope.

Yolanda is multiple rarity in Goa's storied modern and contemporary art history. Born in 1954, she can recall when the Emissora de Goa still defiantly broadcast 'Aqui e Portugal'. But just a few years later, she wore India's football colours (she's the first woman to score a hat-trick for the country). Then, Yolanda was one of the first to dedicate herself to practice in Goa. Resulting, hard-won career success presages succeeding generations who have grown in her shadow.

When Yolanda first started painting seriously in Goa, tourism was still considered a dodgy bet. Charter flights were just beginning to connect Dabolim to Europe. Indians weren't yet interested in beachside holidays. Agriculture still flourished. The coastlines and countryside shimmered pristine, endless beauty. But then - before anyone really knew what was happening - unplanned, ill-advised, often illegal so-called development crashed heavily across India's smallest state. A tsunami of concrete. At her easel - very close to Ground Zero of the devastation - Yolanda has seen it happen close-up.

The transformation of coastline Goa has been radical, comprehensive, and intensely traumatic to witness. Coconut groves overnight replaced by egregiously hideous hotels, malls and holiday-home complexes. Highly evolved social fabric rent threadbare, then torn apart. Dunes erased, the ocean irredeemably polluted. Hungry migrants stream in, while natives silently file papers to fly away with only memories. All this pervades Yolanda de Sousa's paintings, intense chords of anger, contempt, and disquiet. They are what Susan Sontag called "an archive of longings."

But there is also nuance, a rooted and substantial sense of self which cannot be blown to pieces so easily. That is all Yolanda: clear-eyed mastery, cool perspective, and strong-minded refusal to abandon compassion. These characteristics imbue the superb suites of paintings in 'A Alma E A Vida' with layers of meaning, blazoning a path forward for the entirety of Goa's family of artists. This important exhibition marks another big step in Yolanda de Sousa's emergence as leader, and cultural icon. We have a moment to celebrate.

by Vivek Menezes

 

ALMA E A VIDA-my latest solo show /dec.2016
The why behind it.…Yolanda Sousa Kammermeier

Like the title suggests this show of mine borders around life and the soul. Living in today's world is a huge effort as we have lost sight of what's right and what's wrong.
As in 'Faces and phases" in 2005 and "See it my way"2012 This one too deals with the painful reality of facing to the fact that we have lost what was once a peaceful
place where peace loving people lived. Not anymore. A fact that one finds hard to digest but one has to swallow.Whats really disturbing is that we are changing and
losing that feeling of oneness once an example to the rest of the country. All this forms the core of my show this time.

There are paintings, Installations (though I prefer to think of them being just a different way of expressing myself) One based on verses I wrote in my diary in 1986 and
another on the fact that our youth is falling prey to substance use. Titled Life of Puff Poof. The third is called 'Losing Ground, Gaining ground' and yet again a little video
Titled 'Goa 2016' based on photography I do as I stroll by my beloved land that is slowly being torn apart by the powers that be.

There are works with religious overtones too though I use these to promote unity among various religions. For example the Ten Commandments …if you see ach closely
you will find its …not promoting a religion but sharing teachings that any person can relate to via their own believes. 'The greatest commandment' for example. Or
'the sermon on the mount'. Then again you have "Of Torture and Mercy"…or 'Gafanhoto' (Grass-hoper) Based on the 7 deadly sins. And 'Senhor de Si'again based on
the 7 deadly sins.
Then there are some related to arranged marriages. "Agua Quente'' Hot waters and how tough it is to handle it. Then there is 'Pretendente' a young man who is forwarded
as a good marriage prospect. And 'Segundo Dia' celebrations on the second day of marriage. Very Goa these. The Video snippets are based on the vanishing Houses of
Goa Titled: "Restos Mortais" and other little takes regards our carelessness towards the local dogs and the blindness towards cattle roaming the streets and a few other
issues as I come across as life goes by.
Despite all this I believe all is not lost. We still have music in our soul and goodness in our hearts, a series of works based on music also find space in this show.
.... Yolanda