The Espace Louis Vuitton München, within the framework of the Fondation Louis Vuitton “Hors-les-murs” programme, presents two films by Amar Kanwar: Henningsvaer (2006) and A Love Story (2010) which form part of the Collection, alongside a recent installation selected by the artist himself, Letter 5 (2017). Representative of Kanwar’s oeuvre, these works operate at the interface between art, documentation and activism. They use complex contemporary narratives to connect intimate spheres of existence to larger social political processes. Disturbingly contemplative poetic documentaries, they invite the viewer on a potent personal experience which might incite new generations of artists, as per Kanwar’s aspiration, to rethink the social consequences of their works.
Amar Kanwar will present an artist talk at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, on April 18 at 6 pm, and will screen Such a Morning at the Harvard Film Archive the following night, Friday, April 19, at 7 pm. Both Amar Kanwar programs are presented in collaboration with Harvard Film Archive, Film Study Center, and The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University.
The film "Such a Morning" is a modern parable about two people’s quiet engagement with truth. In the 85-minute film, a famous mathematician at the peak of his career unexpectedly withdraws from his life and retreats to the wilderness to live in an abandoned train carriage. Creating a zone of darkness so as to acclimatize himself before total darkness descends, the professor begins to live in a realm bereft of light. Thus starts an epic sensory journey into a new plane of emotional resonance between the self and the surrounding world.
Photo Kathmandu in collaboration with Film Southasia will present a weekend of screenings of films by Amar Kanwar. Amar Kanwar has distinguished himself through films and multi-media works, which explore the politics of power, violence and justice. 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.
All screenings will take place at the Chhaya Center, Thamel, 6th floor above QFX. Seats will be on first-come-first-serve basis. All screenings are free and open to the public.
Kanwar’s films, "A Season Outside" and "Such a Morning" will be screened at Eye Amsterdam as part of the institution's series, "A Tale of Hidden Histories, Eye on Art, Shell Shock: The power of stories." Kanwar investigates in his deeply unsettling yet poignant work the nature of oppression and the courageous resistance of an oppressed people. His work demonstrates the importance of resistance, both individually and collectively, and the power of poetry and art to expose injustice.
The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, and the contemporary art foundation TBA21 (Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary), Vienna, will present two important film installations by Amar Kanwar, The Sovereign Forest (2001-present) and The Lightning Testimonies (2007).
The Sovereign Forest, initiated in 2001, is an ongoing project comprising multiple galleries with films, books, photographs and documents, presented as an archive with the aim of exploring the social and environmental impact of mining in Odisha, a region in the east of India. The Lightning Testimonies is a multi-channel film installation that explores the complex and brutal recent histories of sexual violence and trauma in the Indian subcontinent via recollections endured by a wide range of local cultures and communities.
An inaugural conversation will take place on February 25 at 7pm, between the artist, Chus Martínez, curator of the exhibition and Baroness Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, founder of TBA21, in an encounter presented by the museum’s artistic director Guillermo Solana.
The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi, India, will present Amar Kanwar’s recent film "Such a Morning," along with "Letters" - a multiple light and video projection installation that accompanies the film. Hosted at the Museum’s satellite space, the exhibition will offer visitors a view of the next phase of the project.
On the opening night of our Paris exhibition, Amar Kanwar will discuss his work, focusing on his latest film, Such a Morning, with Sophie Duplaix, the head curator of contemporary art collections at Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou; the film will be screened after the conversation. Attendance is free of charge. RSVP recommended: email@example.com
In advance of the gallery's presentation, The Vera List Center and UnionDocs, in association with Marian Goodman Gallery, will present a screening of Amar Kanwar’s "Such a Morning," at UnionDocs (322 Union Ave) in Brooklyn, NY on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, with a reception at 6:30 pm followed by the screening and discussion at 7:30 pm. On November 12, the Vera List Center will introduce Freedom of Speech: A Curriculum for Studies into Darkness, a year-long series of public seminars on Freedom of Speech from fall 2018 to fall 2019 prompted by the artist's invitation to help illuminate that which is unknown or “dark.” Structured like an open curriculum, the program will examine the profound transformation on common understandings of Freedom of Speech as foundational to Western democracies, generated by recent debates around hate speech, censorship, and racism in the U.S. and elsewhere. This series will be inaugurated with “Mapping the Territory,” a seminar considering Kanwar’s meditations on both the freedoms we have -- and the freedoms we lack. The event will be held at The New School’s Lang Center (55 West 13th Street), from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Amar Kanwar’s "Letter 5" (2017) is presented at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, in “A Sheet of Paper Can Become a Knife," a thematic exhibition featuring ten international artists, all Prince Claus laureates. Kanwar is honored for his ”innovative use of hybrid art forms in a unique method of storytelling that gives viewers a potent personal experience, and for inspiring new generations of artists to think deeply about the social impact of their work.”
Amar Kanwar will be in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, as part of a special three-day program entitled Conversation Room, which takes place within FIAC Paris 2018.
"The Lightning Testimonies" by Amar Kanwar is part of the Photo Kathmandu festival in collaboration with the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. The video installation reflects on histories of conflict and violence in the Indian subcontinent.
Amar Kanwar and Adrian Villar Rojas will be taking part in Into Nature, a bi-annual art expedition, that returns this year in various locations in The Netherlands.
Amar Kanwar’s piece, The Scene of Crime, part of The Sovereign Forest, will be on view from July 16 until September 16, 2018, at Huis van Weldadigheid; Adrián Villar Rojas's work involves recreating dozens of nests of the Hornero, a South-American songbird.
Into Nature: Out of Darkness will be open from 1 July to 16 September in Frederiksoord and on the Holtingerveld on Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am - 5 pm.
Amar Kanwar has distinguished himself through documentary films and multi-media works which explore the politics of power, violence, sexuality, and justice. His multi-layered installations originate in narratives drawn from zones of conflict and are characterized by a distinctly poetic approach to the social and political. Such A Morning, navigates transitions between juxtaposing states of minds, with each character seeking the truth through phantom visions from within the depths of darkness. Such a Morning was premiered at documenta 14 Athens and Kassel.
Amar Kanwar’s 2017 video installation, "Such a Morning," will be shown as part of Art of the Real at Lincoln Center.
Saturday, April 28, 6:30pm (Introduction by Amar Kanwar)
Sunday, April 29, 4:15pm (Discussion with Amar Kanwar)
“Such a Morning” (2017) by Amar Kanwar gets U.S. premiere at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
A tale of quiet engagement with truth, the film begins with a solar eclipse, and follows a math professor as he isolates himself in an abandoned train carriage. It is a story full of conflicting moments, of lightness and darkness, as the professor gradually screens out all light and adapts to his encroaching blindness. Over time, the professor records his epiphanies and hallucinations in an Almanac of the Dark, an examination of 49 types of darkness that emerge as a series of letters.
Amar Kanwar’s 2017 video installation, Such a Morning, will be included in the inaugural edition of the Lahore Biennale (LB01) to be held from 18th to 31st March 2018 in Lahore, Pakistan. Lahore Biennale 01 is a fourteen-day event that aims to deploy Lahore as a platform for a dynamic exhibition and engagement space, as well as to foster coexistence and participation, and encourage a multiplicity of representations.
Amar Kanwar’s Such a Morning will be screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) on January 28th, 30th and February 3rd, 2018. The film is a contemporary parable about people’s quiet engagement with truth. Such a Morning navigates transitions between mathematics and poetry, democracy and fascism, fear and freedom. In the cusp between the eye and the mind, shifts in time brush every moment into new potency. Each character seeks truth through phantom visions from within depths of darkness. The need to respond to our contemporary crisis shapes the visual structure of the film and whose origins spring from research into diverse historical narrative traditions within the Indian subcontinent.
Amar Kanwar’s The Lightning Testimonies 2007 will be on display in the Tanks at Tate Modern from 18 December. The eight-screen film installation confronts violence by questioning the use of sexual brutality in times of political conflict.
As an artist and filmmaker, Kanwar tries to understand experiences of trauma and survival. Rather than representing people as victims, his work emphasises the possibility of resistance. The brutal split that created India and Pakistan in 1947 is the starting point for a layered exploration of women’s experiences in disputed terrains across South Asia. Going beyond documentary approaches, Kanwar’s reflective commentary examines the capacity for unspeakable horror alongside the resilience and dignity of those who suffer, and those who protest.