About

Amit Kalra’s recent work uses source material from dozens of "B-movie" Westerns churned out by Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s, he manipulates sound and video to comment on the western genre and its tropes about control, civilization and heroism.

Kalra chooses small moments from different films, places them side-by-side, and slows them to a ghostly pace. He manipulates, distorts and layers the movies' original audio to create a haunting soundtrack. The effect creates a new, disturbing context for familiar Americana imagery.

He believes these films' attitudes about belonging, heroism, and power has shaped American attitudes towards frontiers and the American Dream.

Amit Kalra was born in Northern California. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has a Master’s Degree from the Royal College of Art and is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute. 



Solo Exhibitions

2023 Americana at Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Kentucky, United States 

2023 Americana, 5 hours and 58 minutes, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, United States

2023 White Background, 43 minutes and 23 seconds, Atelier in de Stead, Grey Light Projects, Heerlen, Netherlands


Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 Still from Joy Machine, An Ideal for Living, SECONDroom, Antwerp, Belgium

2023 Americana, 3 minutes and 38 seconds excerpt, Short Cuts, Shed Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States


Talks

2023 Visiting Artist, Visual and Studio Arts, Sarah Lawrence College

2023 Translating Design Practice Methods into Video Art, SECAC 

2023 Visiting Artist, Dialog on Race, Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Kentucky 


Residencies

2023 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA