Amar Kanwar

b. 1964, New Delhi, India

Amar Kanwar began as a documentary filmmaker, later expanding his practice to multi-channel video installation. While he works strictly with documentary and archival images, Kanwar employs various methods of editing and presentation to exceed their immediate facticity, conjuring atmosphere, underlying motives, and furtive histories. Joining his 19-channel video installation The Torn First Pages (2004-08) in the Guggenheim’s collection, Kanwar’s three films, The Trilogy: A Season Outside (1997), To Remember (2003), and A Night of Prophecy (2002), which were acquired through the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, focus on the relationship between India and Pakistan, nations that were established through postcolonial independence and their separation from each other at the stroke of midnight on August 14, 1947. Kanwar has participated in Documenta 11, 12, and 13 (2007, and 2012); Biennial Jogja XI, Indonesia (2011–12); and Being Singular Plural, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2012). Kanwar lives and works in New Delhi.

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