Amar Kanwar

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The Lightning Testimonies, 2007
8 channel digital color and black and white video with sound

32 min. 31 sec. loop

Edition of 6 +1AP
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The Torn First Pages, 2004-2008
19 channel film installation, varying durations, color and black and white, sound
Dimensions variable
Edition of 6 +1AP
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The Sovereign Forest, 2012
Mixed media installation including five films, three handmade books, two photographs, five small books, rice seeds
Edition of 6 +1AP
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Listening Bench #6, 2013
Recycled local wood, soundtrack: 5 min., 31 sec.

19 7/16 x 85 3/8 x 11 3/16 in. (49.5 x 217 x 28.5 cm)

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A Love Story, 2010
HD video, duration 5 min 37 sec.
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To Remember, 2003
Digital video, color, silent, 8 min.
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A Night of Prophecy, 2002
Digital video, color, sound, 77 min.
Edition of 6 +1AP
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Such a Morning, 2017
Single channel digital video, color, sound; 85 min. looped
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Letter 1, 2017
Double back-projection, digital video, handmade ramie fiber papers, charcoal
Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs


(b. New Delhi, India, 1964)





Amar Kanwar: Such a Morning, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris



Amar Kanwar: Such a Morning, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Such a Morning, The LUMA Foundation / LUMA Arles, France

New Pictures: Amar Kanwar, Such a Morning. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota

The Lightning Testimonies, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom

The Sovereign Forest, Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden



Such a Morning, Marian Goodman Gallery, London

The Sovereign Forest, Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden



The Lightning Testimonies, Max Muller Bhavan, Goethe Institute, Mumbai, India

Amar Kanwar. Frac Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Singapore



The Lightning Testimonies, The Assam State Museum, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and North East Network, India

The Sovereign Forest, as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, Old Royal High School, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Sovereign Forest, Max Muller Bhavan, Goethe Institute, Mumbai, India



Amar Kanwar : The Lightning Testimonies, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois  

Amar Kanwar, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK 

Amar Kanwar : The Sovereign Forest, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary-Augarten, Vienna 



Amar Kanwar: Evidence, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland



Amar Kanwar: A Love Story + Henningsvaer, Babel Art Space, Trondheim, Norway



The Artists Cinema 2010, LUX and the Independent Cinema Office (ICO), London, UK 

Amar Kanwar, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York 



Amar Kanwar Film Huis Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands. (Selection from ‘The Torn First Pages’) In collaboration with ‘Movies that Matter Amnesty International Film Festival’



Amar Kanwar : The Torn First Pages (Part 1/2/3), Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany; Huarte Contemporary Art Center, Navarra, Spain

Amar Kanwar, The Torn First Pages (Part 1), The Lightning Testimonies, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

(The Lightning Testimonies + The Torn First Pages- Part 1) Amar Kanwar, Marian Goodman, Paris, France



Amar Kanwar, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK



Amar Kanwar, Trilogy, National Museum of Art , Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway



Amar Kanwar, Nye filmer, Fotogallerie, Oslo, Norway





A Sheet of Paper can become a Knife, Prince Claus Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amar Kanwar: The Lightning Testimonies, Photo Kathmandu, Chhaya Center, Thamel, Nepal

Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada, Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada

Divided We Stand - The Busan Biennial 2018, Republic of Korea

DELIRIUM // EQUILIBRIUM: Videos, films and kinetic objects from the KNMA collection, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, India, Saket, Delhi

Into Nature, Frederiksoord, The Netherlands

Lahore Biennale 01, Lahore, Pakistan



Documenta 14, Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany

The Garden Sees, Garden of Megaron, Athens Concert Hall, Athens, Greece

#resist, Goethe Institute Hong Kong, Hong Kong



Mining Warm Data, Dhaka Art Summit, Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh

This Night-Bitten Dawn. Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India

Land, Sea and Air. The New Art Gallery Walsall, United Kingdom

Our Relationship with the Earth Through Contemporary Art. Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy jointly with Terra Madre

Embedded South(s): An Online Moving Image Program, Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam



Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence. International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva, Switzerland

Fireflies in the Night, Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

Our Land/ Alien Territory, As part of the special program of the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Central Manege, Manezhnaya ploschad (Manege Square), Moscow, Russia

The Lightning Testimonies, As part of MDE15, International Art Encounter of Medellín, Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Columbia

Contesting Terrain, Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida



Word. Sound. Power., Khoj Studios, International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, India 

In the Aftermath of Trauma – Contemporary Video Installations, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, (‘The Lightning Testimonies’)

Is it What You Think?, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, India (‘The Lightning Testimonies’)

On the Road/En el camino, curated by Gloria Moure, exhibition installed throughout historic buildings of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Une histoire, art, architecture et design, des années 80 à aujourd’hui, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy

Gwangju Biennal, Gwangju, South Korea

The Committed View, The Francisco Godia Foundation, Barcelona, Spain

Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Non-Violence, The Menil Collection, Houston, USA

Where do I end and you begin, Edinburg Arts Festival, Scotland

Fractured Narratives: A Strategy to Engage, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Florida, USA

Word. Sound. Power. Khoj Studios, International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, India 

Sweet Dew - Since 1980, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea

Fractured Narratives: A Strategy to Engage, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida

Amar Kanwar: The Sovereign Forest, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland



No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

No Borders, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

Sharjah Biennale 11: Re:emerge – Towards a New Cultural Cartography, United Arab Emirates

Poetics of Voice, Tate Modern, London 

Word. Sound. Power, Tate Modern Project Space, London 

Animate/Inanimate, Tarra Warra Museum of Art, Healesvile Victoria, Australia 

Mom, Am I Barbarian?, 13th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey 

5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art 

56th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (A Love Story and A Scene of the Crime) 

Connecting-Unfolding, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul 

Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space, The Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina

The Art of Truth: Gandhi and the Aesthetics of Non Violence, The Menil Collection, Houston 



Documenta (13), Kassel, Germany

Indian Highway, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

Newtopia, The State of Human Rights, Visual Arts Flanders, Belgium

Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

1st Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India (through 2013)

Being Singular Plural: Moving Images from India, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York



Paris-Delhi-Bombay: India Through the Eyes of Indian and French Artists, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah. (‘The Torn First Pages Part I, II, III’)

On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York (‘A Season Outside’)

Against All Odds: A Contemporary response to the Historiography of Archiving, Collecting and Museums in India. Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi (Selection from ‘The Torn First Pages + Henningsvaer + A Love Story’)

Indian Highway, MAC-Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon (France) (‘The Lightning Testimonies’); Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy

October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia (The Lightning Testimonies)

29th Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brasil (‘The Lightning Testimonies’)

India 2011, Babel Art Space, Trondheim, Norway

1st Equator Biennial, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

You Have Been There, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris