Published by Steidl. Edited by Urs Stahel, Daniela Janser.
This book represents a moment in a life and oeuvre constantly in flux, always branching out and converging, following a course, but at times deliberately diverging, because there is time, or time can be found--to breathe, to walk, to pause, to move on, to circle. There is poetry in Amar Kanwar's words and lyricism in his films--both method and metaphor alike by which life's distillation and dissipation become comprehensible and deeper knowledge can be gained. Space can be grasped through time, time through poetry. What is at stake is always the life of the individual, the rules of society, power, abuse, violence, the power to enlighten and the courage to change. --Urs Stahel
Part I, Part II, Part III, 19 Channel Video Installation
Published by Walther König, Köln.
Amar Kanwar's The Torn First Pages is an ode to the thousands engaged in the struggle for democracy in Burma. It is published in honor of the bookshop owner Ko Than Htay, who was imprisoned for removing the first pages of all books and journals that contained ideological propaganda from the military regime.