Bharti Kher14 September - 11 November 2012
Bharti Kher: 'The skin speaks a language not its own', 2006. Bindis on fibreglass Life size, 142 x 456.2 x 195 cm (56 x 179½ x 76¾ in). Private collection, Switzerland. Photography: Bartholomew/Netphotograph. © Bharti Kher
Bharti Kher: 'Sing to them that will listen' (detail), 2008. Rice grains, metal bowl, marble stand 110 x 31 x 31 cm (43¼ x 12¼ x 12¼ in). Ursula Hauser Collection, Switzerland. Photography: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich. © Bharti Kher
Bharti Kher: 'Contents', 2010 Bindis on 21 medical charts. Each: 99.5 x 64.5 cm (39¼ x 25½ in) Installation view, Bharti Kher: 'inevitable undeniable necessary', Hauser & Wirth, London, 2010 Private collection Photography: Andy Keate © Bharti Kher
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art was proud to present works by Bharti Kher in her first solo exhibition held in a public art institution in London. The exhibition comprised a selection of works from the recent past, with an emphasis on the artist’s sculptural works.
Known for her extensive use of everyday, found objects and imaginatively transforming their identity, Kher empowers her often otherworldly creations to present themselves unabashedly as if they were a natural part of our culture and environment. Kher’s work often explores the notion of the self as a multiple, open to interpretation and shape-shifting. Her art practice is intimately intertwined with her life, not only because she borrows motifs and artefacts for her work, but also because she has an inquisitive mind and a strong desire to understand sociological issues. Such characteristics endow Kher’s work with a narrative quality and fascinating interiority of things that frequently contradict her practice of addressing more global and collective concerns. This tension is precisely what leads us more deeply into Kher’s work and world and prompts us to reposition our own relationship to her individual pieces.
Bharti Kher, born 1969 in London, England, now lives and works in New Delhi, India.
The comprehensive publication includes several insightful essays by Ziba Ardalan, Gayatri Sinha, and Tom Morton, alongside an interview with writer Aveek Sen.
The exhibition and publication has been kindly supported by:
Priya & Cyrus Vandrevala
Jolana and Petri Vainio
Huge and wonderfully disconcerting...[Bharti Kher]'s is a warm, generous, independent vision
Critics’ Choice, Financial Times, Jackie Wullschlager
...duality is always present in Kher's work; she embraces multiplicity and contradiction
Griselda Murray Brown, FInancial Times