Amar Kanwar – The Sovereign Forest
Sternberg Press, 2015

Photo: Elodie Grethen

Awarded as "one of the most beautiful books" made in Austria in 2015, this catalog is an extension of an ongoing research and exhibition project that TBA21 has supported since its inception in 2006. The Sovereign Forest renders visible and collects evidence of what has hitherto been hidden and suppressed within the site of a “modern war,” in which industrial interventions have reshaped and permanently destroyed parts of the landscape of the Indian state of Odisha for over a decade, leaving villagers in suffering and devastation. The ambitious catalogue attempts to reopen and deepen discussions posed by the exhibition by bringing together a variety of voices from academic and activist backgrounds, factual and intimate narratives and interviews, image documentation, and additional documents. Equally, these complex and varied narratives help to unfold a multiplicity of different knowledges and testimonies on this obscured and intricate conflict.

Copublished with Sternberg Press, Berlin and Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at TBA21-Augarten, November 23, 2013–March 23, 2014.
Book orders
Sternberg Press, Berlin
English, 316 pages
ISBN 978-3-95679-045-4
EUR 37
Edited by
Daniela Zyman
Texts by
Sudha Bharadawaj, Vrinda Grover, Monika Halkort, Amar Kanwar, Clare Lilley, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Sudhir Pattnaik, Usha Ramanathan, James C. Scott, Shiv Visvanathan, and Daniela Zyman.