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Amar Kanwar: Such a Morning



Amar Kanwar: Such a Morning
UNITED STATES
NEW YORK  •  Marian Goodman Gallery  •  Until 21 December 2018
 
 

Marian Goodman Gallery New York presents Amar Kanwar’s Such a Morning (2017), following its original premiere at Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel.

The 85-minute single-channel film installation Such a Morning is a modern parable about two people’s quiet engagement with truth through phantom visions from within the depths of darkness. Searching for a way to re-comprehend the difficult times we are living in, Kanwar asks “What is it that lies beyond, when all arguments are done with? How to reconfigure and respond again?”

Such a Morning unlocks a metaphysical response to our contemporary reality as it navigates multiple hallucinations between speech and silence, fear and freedom, democracy and fascism. In the feature-length film, a famous mathematician at the peak of his career unexpectedly withdraws from his life and retreats to the wilderness to live in an abandoned train carriage. Creating a zone of darkness so as to acclimatize himself before total darkness descends, the professor begins to live in a realm bereft of light. Thus starts an epic sensory journey into a new plane of emotional resonance between the self and the surrounding world. A parallel story emerges within the course of the film, providing a compelling, analogous narrative to the protagonist’s. Over time, the professor records his epiphanies and hallucinations in an almanac of the dark, an examination of 49 types of darkness that emerge as a series of letters.

Based originally on Kanwar’s research into the diversity of existing narrative structures in the Indian subcontinent, Such a Morning reaches beyond place to expose the complexity of a fractious moment in history in which every truth seems to have an opposite brutal truth



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Contact: Marian Goodman Gallery
24 West 57th Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York 10019

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