Materials: HD video installation; color, sound
Length: 42 min.
Credit: Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris. Presentation supported by the Asian Cultural Council and the George Foundation
The Scene of Crime (2011) focuses on the brutal interventions being performed by multiple state-backed industrial corporations on the landscape of the Indian state of Odisha. Kanwar meditates on the landscape in question, providing oblique and specific “evidence” of the ongoing displacement and devastation of this terrain. A central component of Kanwar’s Sovereign Forest multimedia installation, The Scene of Crime seeks to understand if art can be a recognized effective response to economic and ecological crime.