For artist Jagannath Panda, reality often contradicts itself. He exposes a fundamental dichotomy inherent to the core of urban existence, seeking utopia in vain. This tension between paradoxes fused within a single entity drives each work. For instance, realistic rendering is juxtaposed with realms of fantasy, evoking the provenance of desire. Panda erodes mythology into technology that reflects modernity in a ceaseless flux. His unique oeuvre lies in this process – one that moulds binaries into one another, with traditional fabric turning into the skin of an animal, or the bark of a tree. In 2005, Panda shifted to Gurgaon in New Delhi. The artist responds intensely to his surroundings; naturally, the massive construction projects along with displacement found a way to his canvas. He views the city through the lens of a migrant, comprehending an alienated existence fundamental to the making of modernity. The grid of urban life is shattered, and built again. Born in 1970 into a Brahmin family and the son of a temple priest, Panda grew up in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Bhubaneswar’s B. K. College of Art & Crafts in 1991, he studied for a Masters in Sculpture at the M. S. University of Baroda, Gujarat, graduating in 1994. In 1997 he was invited to Fukuoka University of Education in Japan as a visiting research fellow; he then gained a further MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London (2002). Over the years, Panda has exhibited widely, with solo shows in Tokyo, London, Berlin and San Francisco as well as frequent exhibitions in New Delhi and Mumbai. The artist lives and works in Gurgaon.