The Sovereign Forest is a poetic response to the
conflict over land and the resistance of local communities in the
Indian state of Odisha. As governments and corporations have moved
in to extract natural resources and build new industrial areas, the
local populations have resisted and tried to protect their
agricultural lands, forests and livelihoods.
The Sovereign Forest bears witness to this conflict as it initiates a creative response to our understanding of crime, politics, human rights and ecology. The validity of poetry as evidence in a trial, the discourse on seeing, on compassion, justice and the determination of the self - all come together in a constellation of films, seeds, books, texts, and photographs.
The exhibition Amar Kanwar / The Sovereign Forest is a
collaboration with media activist Sudhir Pattnaik / Samadrusti and
graphic designer Sherna Dastur.
Amar Kanwar (b. 1964) was born and works in New Delhi, India. He is an artist and film-maker, and his works have been presented at a number of international film festivals, art biennials and museums all over the world. Among others, this year was his fourth consecutive participation at documenta in Kassel, Germany.