The Fondation Louis Vuitton “Hors-les-murs” program invites you to join Amar Kanwar at The Espace Louis Vuitton München.
Experience two films from the Collection, alongside a recent installation selected by the artist himself, Letter 5 (2017). Representative of Kanwar’s complete body of work, these works operate at the interface between art, documentation and activism.
Born in 1964, Amar Kanwar is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in New Delhi, India. His oeuvre, deeply marked by the history of his country, shows multiple influences ranging from 15th and 16th century Indian poetry to the works of Russian director Andrei Tarkovski. His work is a constant quest to understand the troubled times we live in and to research the diversity of narrative structures used on the Indian subcontinent. The results of this practice are disturbingly contemplative works – poetic documentaries – which examine nationalism, politics, violence, and social performance through video and sound installations. Kanwar invites the viewer on a potent personal experience and aspires to incite new generations of artists to rethink the social consequences of their works.
Kanwar’s films are complex contemporary narratives that connect intimate personal spheres of existence to larger social political processes. Henningsvaer (2006) exemplifies this – a filmic interpretation of separation and exile. Mixing historical footage, personal testimony and lyrical cinematography, Kanwar creates a multi-layered film installation connecting intimate personal histories with the wider politics of power and justice. A contrastingly shorter film, A Love Story (2010) is a poetic documentary set on the fringe of an expanding Indian city, addressing conditions of conflict through the combination of poetic sensibility and political consciousness.