‘Freedom is in the Air’ an initiative to celebrate the LGBTQ community through art, creative engagement and discourse will be held from November 10 to November 30 at MOG, Pilerene.
The aim behind the initiative is to create a platform wherein the LGBTQ community gathers and celebrates whilst also providing a creative space for them and the others to engage, integrate debate and chart the way forward.
As part of the event there will be art installation, exhibition and seminar. The art installation will be by artist, director – MOG Foundation Subodh Kerkar. The installation will be a 100 meters long net, decorated with rainbow coloured strips.
Speaking during a press conference on Saturday, Kerkar said: “It is indeed time to celebrate as the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality. There is still social stigma that exists. It is not an offence or a crime to be a homosexual and therefore, there is a need to include and welcome the members openly and willing. And through this we will work towards achieving our goal”
An exhibition is also being organised wherein the artists from all over India are invited to create works around the subject of the LGBTQ community. The selected works will be exhibited at MOG and will be open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all through the event.
A panel of experts and renowned activists will also be invited to educate, discuss and debate over the implications of striking down of Section 377. As part of the seminar there will be film screenings and other activities.
Project director, The Humsafar Trust, Murugesan Sivasubramanian said: “The organisation since 1994 has been closely working with LGBT’s health, human rights and their welfare. Though the Supreme Court has given its judgement there is a need prepare and make the society understand how to welcome them and help them to come up from their life.”
Goa Livelihoods Forum member Dharmanand Vernekar spoke about their plan of conducting a survey in 4000 households across Goa. He said that during the conclave they will release LGBT livelihoods white paper based on the livelihoods of the community in Goa. “The reason behind this is to help the community have a better understanding of the livelihoods and situation in Goa which could be a trend to be replicated in the rest of the country. The programme will also help the government and industry CSR programmes,” he concluded.
The event is being organised by Museum of Goa (MOG) in association with The Humsafar Trust and Goa Livelihoods Forum.