Accomplished documentarian and artist Amar Kanwar will speak to Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director of NTU CCA Singapore about his unique cinematic vocabulary that opens up multiple layers of experience and comprehension. The conversation will revolve around politics of power, violence and justice, looking at how political struggles are presented and represented as well as issues of development, misappropriation and displacement. When engaging in various ways of seeing and comprehending, a set of propositions given by Kanwar study the notion of “poetry as evidence”.
This conversation is a public programme organised as part of Amar Kanwar: The Sovereign Forest at NTU CCA Singapore.
Amar 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 characterised by a unique poetic approach to the personal, social and political.
Recent solo exhibitions of Kanwar’s work have been held at the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai (2016) and at the Assam State Museum in collaboration with Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and North East Network, India (2015). In 2013 and 2014 at the Art Institute of Chicago, United States; the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, United Kingdom; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA 21), Vienna, Austria and at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2012). Kanwar has also participated in documenta 11, 12 and 13 in Kassel, Germany (2002, 2007, 2012).
Ute Meta Bauer is the Founding Director of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore). Prior to that appointment, she was an Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Educated as an artist for more than two decades, she has curated exhibitions and edited numerous publications on contemporary art, film, video and sound, with a focus on trans-disciplinary formats. Among recent engagements, she was the Co-Director of the World Biennial Forum, No.1, Gwangju in 2012, and Co-curator of Documenta 11, Kassel in 2002.
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