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Amar Kanwar, Such a Morning, 2017, digital video projection, color, sound, 85 minutes.

Amar Kanwar

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

To retreat into sleep during times of political cataclysm is to concede to failure, but in thus surrendering, the sleeper is ultimately able to rebroker reality in her dreams, the Egyptian author Haytham el-Wardany proposes in The Book of Sleep (2017). What Jean-Luc Nancy describes as the illogical, ungraspable state of slumber has become a conceptual touchstone for some interlocutors of Egypt’s wrenching revolutionary experience (see Anna Della Subin’s book-length essay Not Dead but Sleeping [2016] or the exhibition “When the whites of the eyes are red,” curated by Shehab Awad at the CCS Bard Galleries in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, in 2017). The New Delhi–based artist Amar Kanwar has opened a similar inquiry with his latest film, Such a Morning, 2017, which premiered at Documenta 14 and made its way to the Marian Goodman Gallery in the fall of 2018. The past two embattled years have

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