Amar Kanwar The Torn First Pages 2004-08

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This installation explores time, memory, and evidence in relation to Myanmar’s decades-old pro-democracy movement. Its title alludes to a gesture of protest by the bookseller Ko Than Htay, who tore the first page out of each book he sold—the page that, as mandated by law, contained declarations of the military dictatorship’s political objectives. Kanwar’s installation presents printed materials and videos featuring footage shot by activists, calling attention to the accumulation of evidence documenting the regime’s atrocities, as well as to the resilience of political protest in Myanmar and worldwide.

Gallery label from Signals: How Video Transformed the World, March 5–July 8, 2023
Nineteen-channel standard-definition video (black and white and color, sound and silent; varying durations), nineteen sheets of paper, three metal frames, books, magazines, and artist books
Dimensions variable
Acquired through the generosity of The Estate of Byron R. Meyer, Kiran Nadar of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, and The Contemporary Arts Council
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© 2024 Amar Kanwar
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