Amar Kanwar

Born 1964, New Delhi, India | Lives and works in New Delhi, India

Amar Kanwar, installation view of Scene of Crime and A Love Story; Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris. Presentation supported by the Asian Cultural Council and The George Foundation; Photo: Greenhouse Media


Amar Kanwar makes films and installations that address trauma, history, and conditions of conflict through experimental, often poetic, narration and documentary forms. Many of his works deal explicitly with the Indian subcontinent, while others address zones of conflict and violence in neighboring countries, often mixing historical footage, personal testimony, and lyrical cinematography. Kanwar holds an honorary doctorate in fine arts from the Maine College of Art (Portland) and he has received numerous awards, including the Edvard Munch Award for Contemporary Art (2005) and a MacArthur Fellowship (2000). The subject of numerous retrospectives at international film festivals, Kanwar has also participated in Documenta 11, 12, and 13 (2002, 2007, 2011) and exhibited at institutions such as the Fotomuseum Winterthur (2012), the Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2007), and the Nasjonalmuseet (Oslo, 2006).

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