Amar Kanwar was born 1964 in New Delhi, India where he lives and works.
Kanwar’s films cross the line between campaigning documentary and video installation. His starting point is to examine a situation, whether testing the limits of nationality in post-Partition India, seeking out subtle acts of rebellion in Burma in The Torn First Page, or investigating sexual violence used as a weapon in conflicts around India during the twentieth century in The Lightning Testimonies. His methods directly involve the communities he works with, and he has toured his films to schools and villages where he seeks local opinions and criticism of his work. Kanwar has said:
‘What I am interested in is that fundamental shift of perception where it couldn’t be possible any more for you or I to keep on seeing, thinking, feeling in the same way as before’.