Great Banyan Art presents ‘Pandora’s Box’, a group show of compelling contemporary artworks. The artworks curated are inspired by the ancient Greek myth and metaphor used in our modern language, “Pandora’s box”. The proverbial phrase refers to the havoc that immediately arose after Zeus handed Pandora a beautiful box with a big lock saying, “This is my gift to you. Don’t ever open it.” As Zeus anticipated, Pandora’s curiosity led her to open the forbidden box, ending the golden age. It is said that as soon as Pandora opened this box, she unleashed human evils and endless troubles in the world such as greed, envy, hunger, poverty, violence, pain and war.
The contemporary artworks featured in the show symbolize and reflect socio-political adversities that are prevalent in our world today. Some artworks are satirical and a comment on the harsh urban life pressures shaping our society.The collection of diverse artworks strings and establishes the analogous nature of angst, stress, distress and the fragile nature and times we live in.
‘Pandora’s Box’ showcases artists from 15 countries across the globe to highlight the universal nature of the show. Artists include some of India’s leading contemporary artists such as T.V Santhosh, Shilpa Gupta, Baiju Parthan, Rameshwar Broota, Sunil Padwal and Anjum Singh. It juxtaposes these along with artworks by emerging contemporary artists from Indonesia, Philippines,China, South Korea, Vietnam, Russia, Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Israel,South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America.
The show is curated by its co-founder Sonali Batra.