Born in 1964, New Delhi, India
Lives and works in New Delhi
1987 MA, Mass Communication, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Amar Kanwar is an artist and filmmaker whose poetic documentaries and video installations examine nationalism, politics, violence and social performance in the Indian subcontinent. Amar Kanwar’s films are complex contemporary narratives that connect intimate personal spheres to larger social and political processes, linking legends and ritual objects to new symbols and public events, mapping contexts and exploring the politics of violence, power, sexuality and justice. Kanwar’s films have been screened in local and international film festivals, galleries and museums, and he has had solo exhibitions at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2012); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2008); Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2008); and Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2007), among other venues. He participated in Documenta, in Kassel, Germany, in 2002, 2007 and 2012.
He participated in Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 Kassel (2007), where he premiered his acclaimed work The Lightning Testimonies. Recent exhibitions include Being Singular Plural: Moving Images from India, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2010), Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, London (2008) and The Torn First Pages, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2008). He was the recipient of the first Edvard Munch Award for Contemporary Art from Norway.