Amar Kanwar

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Biography

Kanwar has distinguished himself through films and multi‐media works which explore the politics of power, violence and justice.

Amar Kanwar was born in 1964 in New Delhi, India, where he currently lives and works. His multi‐layered installations originate in narratives often drawn from zones of conflict and are characterized by a unique poetic approach to the personal, social and political.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Prince Claus Award (2017); Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change (2014); an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts, Maine College of Art (2006); the Edvard Munch Award for Contemporary Art, Norway (2005); and the MacArthur Fellowship in India (2000).

Kanwar’s recent solo exhibitions include: The LUMA foundation, Arles, France (2018); Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota (2018); Tate Modern, London, UK (2018); Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden (2017); Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai, India (2016); and the Assam State Museum in collaboration with Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and North East Network, India (2015). Earlier solo exhibitions include the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2008); the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK (2007); and the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2004).

Kanwar has distinguished himself through films and multi‐media works which explore the politics of power, violence and justice.

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