Amar Kanwar is an Indian artist known for multimedia installations and documentary films that take a poetic approach to questions of politics, ecology, sexuality, violence and justice in the context of the Indian state’s past and present. In Such a Morning, a single-channel film made for last year’s Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, however, Kanwar not only turns inward but, through extraordinary cinematography and pointed use of sound, pushes the aesthetic dimension of his work to revelatory levels. The protagonist of Such a Morning is a mathematics professor who is going blind and has retreated to an abandoned railway car surrounded by verdant jungle. In this heightened, isolated setting, he experiences a series of visions and epiphanies about his life and his world that he documents as “Almanac of the Dark.” In Kanwar’s words, “The film searches for a sensory, hallucinatory and metaphysical way to re-comprehend the difficult times we are living in… It seeks to navigate multiple transitions between mathematics and poetry, democracy and fascism, fear and freedom.”
Such a Morning was produced with the support of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, AKF Productions, New Delhi, and Marian Goodman Gallery. It is presented in cooperation with the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.
Curator: Peter White
Such A Morning
Digital video, colour, sound
English, 85 min
Limited number of seats: first come, first seated.