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Conversation between Amar Kanwar (India), artist, The Sovereign Forest; Professor Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore); and Dr June Yap (Singapore)

30 Jul 2016, Sat 4:00pm - 5:30pm
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

Accomplished artist and filmmaker Amar Kanwar will speak to curators Professor Ute Meta Bauer, and Dr June Yap 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”.


Amar Kanwar (India) 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).

Professor Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore) is the Founding Director of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and a Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Prior to this, she was Dean of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London; Associate Professor and Founding Director of MIT’s Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) at MIT, Cambridge. She also served as Founding Director of the Office for Contemporary Art (OCA), Oslo; was Artistic Director of the 3rd Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art; a co-curator of Documenta11, Kassel, Germany; and co-curated with Paul C Ha the US Pavilion for the 6th Venice Biennale, featuring the artist Joan Jonas (2015). Dr June Yap (Singapore) is an independent curator and art historian, previously Deputy Director and Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE, and Curator at the Singapore Art Museum. Selected curatorial projects include Dear Painter at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore (2015); No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia as part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative (2014); The Cloud of Unknowing at the Singapore Pavilion at 54th Venice Biennale with artist Ho Tzu Nyen (2011); the video programme You and I, We’ve Never Been So Far Apart: Works from Asia for VideoZone5 at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv (2010).

Image credits: Courtesy of the artist.