Amar Kanwar answers to strengths of multi-channel video
"As we all know, when we are struggling with our normal existence and are completely helpless and confused about it, sometimes there is a moment of clarity. When everything becomes simple, you know who you are. You know why you are here. You know what you have to do. It’s for a short period of time. You value it, you love it, you’re happy — and then it goes away again. And it should go away again.
That momentary period, when it becomes all clear and when it all comes together - is it possible to have that in the installation? Could an image installation have many worlds that are identical and symmetrical, then disparate and unsynchronized, then inherently repetitive yet ungraspable, incoherent and alien, but also intimate and loving? And if so then what could happen in there?”
- Amar Kanwar
this quote in reference to The Lightning Testimonies, an eight channel video projection documenting stories of abduction and rape in India. The installation is currently on display at The Art Institute of Chicago
source: In Conversation: Amar Kanwar and Shanay Jhaveri. By: Jhaveri, Shanay, Marg, 00252913, March 2010, Vol. 61, Issue 3