Amar Kanwar (b. 1964) lives and works in New Delhi, India. Kanwar has distinguished himself through films and multi‐media works which explore the politics of power, violence, and justice
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AMAR KANWAR

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Amar Kanwar (b. 1964) lives and works in New Delhi, India. 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.

Today, we explore the depths of Kanwar's most recent film Such A Morning (2017), and the installations and conversations which have surrounded the work as it's been presented internationally. In Such A Morning, Amar Kanwar unlocks a metaphysical response to our contemporary reality as it navigates multiple hallucinations between speech and silence, fear and freedom, democracy and fascism. 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. 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. Kanwar includes physical representations of the letters alongside the film, of which there are seven.

Follow along as we get to know the many aspects of Kanwar's practice through the lens of his film Such A Morning.

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A special trailer of Kanwar's 2017 film Such A Morning, which was originally presented at Documenta 14 before going on to show at Marian Goodman Gallery, London, New York, and Paris, KNMA, New Delhi, and LUMA Arles, France.

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An audio excerpt of Amar Kanwar
from "Asia Assemble," a three-day gathering of artists, curators, academics, and arts institutions from around Asia, which took place in November 2017 at the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi. Kanwar describes some of the ideas and processes behind the making of Such A Morning.

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A selection of the seven letters
, as written by the professor in Such A Morning, with a particular emphasis on Letter 7. As Kanwar describes in a 2018 conversation, "[The professor's] seventh letter contains an open call, a reaching out, a formal proposition to all of us." This letter, in particular the invitation it contained, served as the point of departure to the Vera List Center’s seminar series “Freedom of Speech: A Curriculum for Studies into Darkness”, held in 2018-2019. Read an excerpt of Kanwar’s participation in this section.