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Amar Kanwar, The Prediction, 1991–2012, silkscreened, handmade banana-fiber-paper book and digital projection (color, silent, 8 minutes); book: 22 3/4 x 55 1/2".

Amar Kanwar

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Amar Kanwar, The Prediction, 1991–2012, silkscreened, handmade banana-fiber-paper book and digital projection (color, silent, 8 minutes); book: 22 3/4 x 55 1/2".

Beauty is interspersed with menace in “The Sovereign Forest + Other Stories,” New Delhi-based Amar Kanwar’s first major show in the UK. Nestled among the undulating hills of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the shadow-filled Underground Gallery. Here, visitors encounter Kanwar’s The Scene of Crime, 2011. Watching this forty-two-minute video with its mesmerizing sound track, one is initially has trouble imagining violence in such tranquil terrain: A fisherman casts his net, birds chirp sweetly, long grass sways, and a solitary tree shakes its leaves in a breeze. Slowly, we apprehend that we are seeing an Eastern coastal region whose natural habitats are being wiped out. That the work was shot in Odisha, India, near the Bay of Bengal—a territory “under threat”—is not immediately apparent from the lush landscape it vividly depicts. Thus, the gallery’s wall text and The Scene

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