Amar Kanwar (1964, New Delhi, India) is a visual artist and social activist committed to developing art as a vehicle for social justice. He documents such difficult topics as oppression, sexual violence, poverty and the appropriation of land and resources. He draws on poetic imagery, archival material and the voices of those affected to create a multilayered narrative at the interface between art, documentation and activism. Although his work focuses on South Asia, it has global relevance. Kanwar adapts his installations and innovative hybrid art forms to connect with diverse audiences, from local film clubs and associations where the topics are most urgent, to art exhibitions and film festivals around the world.
Find the report from the 2017 Prince Claus Awards Committee here