Amar Kanwar
King Of The Night: Waman Dada Kardak
Year: 2010
Medium: Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta Paper
Size: 16 X 20 Inches
Edition: 19 OF 25
Image Courtesy: Amar Kanwar
Image Copyright: Amar Kanwar

Artwork Description

While Kanwar works strictly with documentary and archival images, he employs various methods of editing and presentation to exceed their immediate facticity, conjuring atmosphere, underlying motives, and furtive histories. Kanwar orchestrates actual traces and records into something that surpasses fact, revealing a richer perspective on reality. 

This photograph is a still from the Trilogy: Night of Prophecy, 2002. 

‘A Night of Prophecy’ is a film about poetry, songs and the passage of time through multiple journeys along fault lines in a democracy. Interrogating the nation, its history and future the film and the poets open up an underbelly seldom experienced. 

This work is part of the KHOJ portfolio titled “A Gift for Khoj”.

This artwork description has been sourced from the artists website.

About Artist

Amar Kanwar was born in New Delhi in 1964. In 1984, while he was studying history at the University of Delhi, two events occurred that impacted his subsequent philosophical and artistic development. On October 31, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by Sikh bodyguards, resulting in mass retaliatory violence against Sikhs in Delhi. Then, on December 3, a toxic gas leak at the Union Carbide pesticide plant, known as the Bhopal disaster, killed thousands of people and exposed hundreds of thousands more. These pivotal experiences instilled in Kanwar a commitment to social activism. Enrolling in the film school at the Mass Communications Research Center of Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi, he began to work on pushing the poetic limits of documentary filmmaking. He later expanded his practice to multi-channel video installation, adding other audiovisual elements. Kanwar was the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship in India (2000), the first Edvard Munch Award for Contemporary Art (2005), and an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Maine College of Art (2006)

Kanwar has had solo exhibitions at the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2003), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2007), Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris (2008), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2008), Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (2010), and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2012). He has participated in Documenta 11, 12, and 13 (2002, 2007, and 2012), Biennial Jogja XI, Indonesia (2011–12), and Being Singular Plural, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2012). A retrospective of his cinematic oeuvre was presented at the 5th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala in India (2012). He has been honored with the Golden Conch at the Mumbai International Film Festival (1998), Golden Spire Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival (1999), and Jury Award at the Film South Asia in Nepal (2001). Kanwar lives and works in New Delhi.

This artist bio has been sourced from The Gugenhein Museum’s artist page on Amar Kanwar.

King of the Night: Waman Dada Kardak
King Of The Night: Waman Dada Kardak
  • Dimensions
    16 X 20 Inches