Talk A talk and walk through The Lightning Testimonies with Amar Kanwar

Amar Kanwar Photo: © Amar Kanwar

Sun, 24.01.2016

Gallery MMB

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda
400001 Mumbai


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

Amar Kanwar's films are complex, contemporary narratives that connect intimate personal spheres of existence to larger social political processes.  Finding diverse audiences, Kanwar's work has been a vast journey of exploration of our relationship with the politics of power, violence, sexuality, ecology and justice.

Recent solo exhibitions of Kanwar’s work have been held at the Assam State Museum, Guwahati (2015) and in 2013 and 2014 at the Art Institute of Chicago, USA; the Yorkshire Sculpture Park,U.K.; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA 21), Vienna, Austria and at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2012). 

Recent group exhibitions have been presented at the Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, USA (2014); the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India (2014); the Edinburgh Art Festival (2014), the 56th Carnegie International, USA (2013); the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013 and 2012); the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013); the 11th Sharjah Biennale (2013); the 1st Kochi Biennale, India (2013); the Tarra Warra Museum of Art, Victoria, Australia (2013) and the Bristol Museum, U.K. (2013).

Kanwar has also participated in dOCUMENTA 11, 12 and 13 in Kassel, Germany (2002, 2007, 2012).  Other solo exhibitions have been at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008); the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2007); the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (2006) and the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2004).  

Amar Kanwar has been the recipient of awards such as the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change (2014); an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine (2006); the Edvard Munch Award for Contemporary Art, Norway (2005); the MacArthur Fellowship in India (2000); the Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival (1999), as well as the Golden Conch, Mumbai International Film Festival (1998).