'Crystal Cities' brings together some of Jagannath Panda's recent paintings, sculptures and installations. Drawing from his urban surroundings, Panda explores issues of dislocation and chaos experienced in rapidly changing cities. Animals, people, urban objects, concrete structures and plant forms are meshed in collages, where identities and forms are constantly interrupted, depicting an abstracted, dystopian reality. This fragmentation is further amplified by Panda's usage of mixed media with paint and textile pieces to create distinct textures and surfaces.
The sculptures on display are made of diverse materials such as wood, found objects, toys and fabric to create large columnar structures, imitating memorial monuments. The works address the private-public, inside-outside and power-dependence relationships that define the desires and aspirations of the city.
About the Artist:
Jagannath completed his BFA from B K College of Art & Craft, Bhubaneshwar in 1991 and MFA from M S University, Baroda in 1994. He was a visiting researcher at Fukuoka University of Education, Fukuoka, Japan in 1997 as well as a recipient of the Lalit Kala Akademi Research Fellowship, Orissa State Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarship, and Junior Research Fellowship, Government of India. He completed MFA in Sculpture from Royal College of Arts London in 2002. He has received several awards such as the Centre Prize, C.I.I.C London, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society award, New Delhi, Alice Boner Memorial award, All India Drawing Award from Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi and Orissa State Lalit Kala Akedemi. He has participated in the Khoj International Residency, Delhi and International City des’Art, Paris. Panda has had multiple solo shows since 1998; in Tokyo, Mumbai, New Delhi, London, Berlin and San Francisco, in addition to numerous national and international group shows. He was part of a community project in 2014, ‘We Are Here For A Reason’; a community based art project at Barbil, Odisha. He was also involved with collaborative projects such as the Lime Tree Grove project in 2001, and the Spirit of Ground in 1998. Panda’s works are in several collections such as the GVK Mumbai International Airport, Mori Art museum, Fukuoka, Lalit Kala Akademi, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, and Hindustan Times, New Delhi, and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi. The Artist lives and works in Delhi.
A collage activity inspired by the exhibition
Jagannath Panda's paintings, sculptures and installations draw from urban surroundings to explore issues of dislocation and chaos in rapidly changing cities. Take a tour of the exhibition, reflect on his works and create a collage using found and discarded materials that imagines and maps a future reality for Mumbai.