About The Work
A commentary on the kind of unnatural ‘natural’ spaces that humanity creates to keep all other living creatures, Jagannath Panda likes to play with a kind of tactility in his works to bring out the disjuncture that exists in our contemporary understanding of nature. Often, form and content are juxtaposed against each other with the desire to embody contradiction and rupture. Combining diverse elements, Panda creates a habitat for the bird that is neither natural nor livable, which is reinforced by the flat, hard surfaces of the art works, carrying traces of man-made construction in the background. In this reflection of the absence of nature, the bird becomes an emblem of nature’s striving to resurrect and replenish itself. Moreover, in this series of work Panda has cleverly interwoven a narrative of difference into cohesiveness, incorporating a variety of birds in order to explore how they might interact with different environments in ideology, inviting the viewer to think of the checks and balances of nature, which is self-fulfilling and harmonious at heart.
Jagannath Panda completed his BFA from B.K. College of Art & Craft, Bhubaneshwar, in 1991 and an MFA from M.S. University, Baroda, in 1994. He also completed an MFA in sculpture from the Royal College of Arts London in 2002.
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, including the upcoming group show Visions from India hosted by the Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio (2020–21). He was part of ‘We Are Here for A Reason’; a community-based art project at Barbil, Odisha, as well as 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, Japan; Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Hindustan Times, New Delhi; and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi. His most recent solo show ‘Crystal Cities’, was held at Vadehra Art Gallery in 2017. 13
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 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 Akademi. He has participated in the Khoj International Residency, Delhi and International City des’Art, Paris.
The artist lives and works in Delhi.
Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG) has been promoting modern and contemporary Indian art through exhibitions, retrospectives and publications since 1987. VAG has a long-standing association with the first modernists of Indian art, namely MF Husain, Ram Kumar, Krishen Khanna, Tyeb Mehta, and other senior artists like Arpita Singh, Rameshwar Broota, and Bhupen Khakkar. VAG’s artists roster includes mid-career artists such as Atul and Anju Dodiya, NS Harsha, Riyas Komu, Nalini Malani and Shilpa Gupta, as well as a select group of emerging practitioners. In 2007 the gallery expanded its exhibitions programme to include important exhibitions of international contemporary artists. VAG actively collaborates with prominent institutions like the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and the private Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA). VAG has also collaborated with and supported exhibitions in international museums such as the Serpentine Gallery and Guggenheim Museum, among others.