Amar Kanwar NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery and Ishara Art Foundation
The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery and Ishara Art Foundation in Dubai will both open solo projects in spring 2020 by Amar Kanwar.
The Ishara Art Foundation, a non-profit institution dedicated to contemporary South Asian art and artists in West Asia, will host Such a Morning (2017) from January 20 to May 20, while The NYUAD Art Gallery, New York University’s academic museum-gallery, will show The Sovereign Forest from January 22 to May 30.
About Such a Morning at Ishara Art Foundation
The film follows an aging mathematics professor who retreats from his career, seeking isolation 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. A parallel story about a woman emerges within the course of the film, providing a compelling, analogous narrative to the protagonist’s. Meanwhile, the professor records his epiphanies and visions in an almanac of the dark, an examination of 49 types of darkness that emerge as a series of letters which are exhibited alongside the film.
About The Sovereign Forest at The NYUAD Art Gallery
The Sovereign Forest is an ongoing multimedia installation that is a creative response to crime, politics, human rights, and ecological crisis. It evolved out of the political and environmental conflict in the resource-rich, and largely tribal Indian state of Odisha. Kanwar has been observing and documenting the industrial interventions that have irrevocably altered Odisha’s landscape for more than a decade. The Sovereign Forest is a long-term commitment of the artist with media activist Sudhir Pattnaik, and designer and filmmaker Sherna Dastur.