Kunstindustrimuseet, St. Olavs gt. 1
February 4 – March 26 2006
Opening Saturday February 4 @ 13.00
Curator: Gavin Jantjes
TRILOGY marks the first time the following three films by Amar Kanwar are exhibited together internationally: A Season Outside (1998), A Night of Prophecy (2002) and To Remember (2003). Organized by the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, this exhibition of Kanwar’s films provides personal and spiritual insight into issues of violence, political conflict and a desire for peaceful resolution.
According to the curator Gavin Jantjes, “Kanwar’s films are rooted in the Indian subcontinent but their narratives have a contextual relationship to a diverse international audience. They connect personal spheres of existence to larger social political processes and they are made to trigger a series of subtle emotional, spiritual and intellectual disturbances in the viewer. His films map a journey of exploration that shows both his and our relationship with the fields of politics of power, violence, sexuality and justice. Forcing us to search for meaning in the intimate and sacred spaces within the ‘ordinariness’ of our lives. Kanwar’s films are complex, contemporary narratives that link legends and ritual objects to new symbols and public events of today.”
A Season Outside (1998) is narrated by Kanwar referring to India’s northern borders as the inspiration for a personal and poignant meditation on the roots of violence. A Night of Prophecy (2002) was filmed in several diverse regions of India (Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland, Kashmir) and features music and poetry about tragedy and protest performed by regional artists. To Remember (2003) is a portrait of Birla House, the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination on January 30, 1948.
The exhibition opens on February 4 at 13.00, with a dialogue between Sune Nordgren, Director of The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and Marta Kuzma, Director of Office for Contemporary Art.