Future of Hope

And Their Works

9 Invited Artists

Pandora, in Greek mythology, the first woman. According to Hesiod’s Theogony, after Prometheus, a fire god and divine trickster, had stolen fire from heaven and bestowed it upon mortals, Zeus, the king of the gods, determined to counteract this blessing.

He accordingly commissioned Hephaestus (a god of fire and patron of craftsmen) to fashion a woman out of earth, upon whom the gods bestowed their choicest gifts.

In Hesiod’s Works and Days, Pandora had a jar containing all manner of misery and evil. Zeus sent her to Epimetheus, who forgot the warning of his brother Prometheus and made Pandora his wife. She afterward opened the jar, from which the evils flew out over the earth. HOPE ALONE REMAINED INSIDE , the lid having been shut down before she could escape. In a later story the jar contained not evils but BLESSINGS , which would have been preserved for the human race had they not been lost through the opening of the jar out of curiosity.

Pandora’s jar became a box in the 16th century, when the Renaissance humanist Erasmus either mistranslated the Greek or confused the vessel with the box in the story of Cupid and Psyche.

In circa 2020 during Covid Pandemic some like minded creative thinkers hatched the idea of releasing the HOPE from the Pandora box and watch its Future .


Bipasha Hayat – Brooklyn

Hlubaishu Chowdhuri – Khagrachari

Imtiaj Shohag – Paris

Joy Deb Roaja – Khagrachari

Kamrun Samadi – Vancouver

Mong Mong Sho – Bandarban

Md Tokon – New York

Sujan Chowdhury– Vancouver

Zakir Us Salam – Tokyo

Counsellor – Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam
Mentor – Professor Shishir Bhattacharjee

Host: Durjoy Bangladesh Foundation

আমরা একটি অ -সাধারণ সময় অতিক্রম করছি। যার শেষ কবে আমাদের অজানা। আবারও পূর্বের মতো সাধারণ-স্বাভাবিক জীবন বলতে আমরা যা বুঝি, -সে জীবনে সম্পূর্ণভাবে ফেরা সম্ভব কিনা, তাও জানিনা।

অনিশ্চিত আমাদের জীবনকাল, যদি না এই ক্ষুদ্রাতিক্ষুদ্র জীবাণুর শরীরে প্রবেশ আমরা ঠেকাতে পারি। এমন একটি সময় আমাদের জীবদ্দশায় দেখবো, -তা ছিল অকল্পনীয়।
Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam
The Tenacity of Hope: Art in the time of the Pandemic

The new coronavirus pandemic began as a global health crisis but soon became a threat to all human pursuits –from day to day routines to education, from work habits to time honored social practices. It sent people into seclusion and world economies into a free fall. The pandemic created widespread panic as people had no clue how to handle it. It caused massive dislocations in plans that families, institutions and states had so meticulously put in place. Weddings, holiday trips, art exhibitions, export orders and sports events were postponed or cancelled; unemployment, substance abuse and domestic violence increased, and classrooms, workplaces and television talk shows turned virtual. The pandemic is supposed to have ushered in the era of the new normal, but we are yet to understand the full extent of its impact on our individual and collective lives. A few months into the pandemic, we realized how stressful our lives had become and how much of despair we all had been through. Even after some countries have been able to flatten the curve of the pandemic, not everything has been back to the old normal.