Amar Kanwar to make IHME Helsinki Commission 2022

Amar Kanwar. Photo: Monica Tiwari.

Press release May 27th, 2021

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“We are very happy and honoured to be able to collaborate with Amar Kanwar on his Learning from Doubt online course. This endeavour not only supports the continuous learning and access to knowledge, but learning about life itself and its interdependencies.” – Paula Toppila, Executive Director and Curator of IHME Helsinki

IHME Helsinki has selected Indian artist and film maker Amar Kanwar to make the IHME Helsinki Commission 2022. The commission Learning from Doubt, is an online educational course based on and emerging from Kanwar´s art installation and exhibition The Sovereign Forest. Lessons learned from experiments about ecological sustainability with a unique seed bank in the state of Odisha, India and the experiences gained during the making and exhibiting of The Sovereign Forest are integrated into the course. The Sovereign Forest has been made in collaboration with Samadrusti/Sudhir Pattnaik and Sherna Dastur. Samadrusti is a fortnightly Odia political and social news magazine, Sudhir Pattnaik is the editor of Samadrusti and a social activist. Sherna Dastur is a graphic designer and filmmaker based in Delhi.

Learning from Doubt will be available in Spring 2022 for all residents of Finland to register. The course will be taught through films, readings, podcasts and live interactive sessions with the artist. Some of the films will also be shown in a physical location in Helsinki. The course will be conducted in English.

Amar Kanwar was born in New Delhi, India, in 1964, where he currently lives and works. His films and multi‐layered installations originate from narratives often drawn from zones of conflict, and are characterized by a unique poetic approach to the personal, social, and political. Recent solo exhibitions of Kanwar’s work have been held at the New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery (2020);  Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (2019); Tate Modern, London, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (2018). Kanwar has also participated in Documenta 11, 12, 13 and 14 in Kassel, Germany (2002, 2007, 2012, 2017).

Read more about the artist and the course on IHME Helsinki website >>

For further information and interview requests please contact: Executive director and curator Paula Toppila,, tel. +358-45-1240096

Press images: Cultural Producer Päivi Matala, +358-45-2350080

Our work is made possible with the support from our founding body Pro Arte Foundation Finland along with Kone Foundation and Saastamoinen Foundation in 2020-22.