Goa Center for Alternative photography was established in 2010 as an autonomous institution under the Sunlight Trust registered under The Indian Trust Act 1881, Registration number 842/09/Mormugao/Goa, as a conservative art space dedicated exclusively to the promotion of alternative photography Art in India.
The Executive Director is the administrative head of the center. The Goa-CAP is governed by a Board of Trustees of Sunlight Trust, who meets regularly to provide general directions to the Centre’s work.
The Mission of GOA CENTER FOR ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
The mission of Goa Center for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP) is to create an ecosystem to advance knowledge, to generate new ideas, research and scholarship in photography that will best serve the artist around the world.
Through exhibitions, educational and research based programs for the artists, publications, as well as independent events and engagements, we aim to:
- Pursue an ongoing programme of allied research into original historic process and material technologies.
- Work towards establishing national and international standards and ethical guidelines for the preservation, conservation and restoration through treatment, storage and exhibition of photographic materials.
- Promote alternative photography in all its diverse forms especially as an “art form”, a socio-historic document and a cultural artifact.
- Strengthen the art institutes in India in order to improve their capacity in both theoretical and practical areas of alternative photography
- Create old knowledge, apply ancient approaches to photography art and arts education, open up new avenues of exchange, and transfer the results in order to facilitate cooperation among other artists.
- Encourage members of the public and the greater photography communities to become a part of the growth and development of this collaborative movement
- Initiate various forms of creative activities in alternative photography production or arts education that respond to the different needs of the participating art institutes
- Organize a meeting place for artists, researchers and institutions within and outside India which deals with practices, studies and research on various aspects of alternative Photography
- Establish programs for identification and recording, by means of data banks and other archival, of the assets and materials related to photography, for their assessment, restoration and preservation whether at home or abroad, and recovery and retrieval of those that are lost or scattered.
- Extend photography practices to traditionally marginalized and neglected populace of the society for their need of being educated in the arts sphere.
Since 2010, Goa-CAP has invited scholars, artists, and other cultural figures from around the world to work, exhibit, teach and present at the Center. Goa-CAP demonstrates proactive national and international leadership by educating through residencies, Workshops, exhibitions and talk shows for the artists; cultivating and growing audiences; and initiating and encouraging collaboration among a diverse range of artists, institutions, communities and supporters
Our flagship programmes are
- Through the Pinhole – monthly Pinhole workshop for the artists
- Goa International Pinhole Photography contest – an annual international event
- Black and White Photography workshops – monthly workshops
- ALTlab – Two month Photography residency for Indian artists
- Goa Archival Project – Ongoing programme to archive the Goan visual Past
- Theo Institute of Photography – Ongoing educational initiative for deaf-mute youth
- Wanted series – Monthly conversations on photography
- Let’s talk about photography – Talk show
- Community darkroom
- Public library for photography, Goa
Mr. Srinivas Mangipudi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
P. Madhavan (email@example.com)
Board of Trustees
Mr. Edson Dias
Dr. Chaitanya Guttikar
Mr. Arpan Mukherjee
Ms. Shreyasi Kar