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Bharti Kher | the artist






The artist Bharti Kher
Born 1969, London, UK.
Lives and works in New Delhi, India, .

Style and technique of the artist: Sculpture Objects, Installation art,

ARKEN Prize. Bharti Kher uses stick-on bindis as a central motif in her practice. Traditionally a mark of pigment applied to the forehead of Hindu men and women to symbolise the ‘third eye’, today, the bindi is commercially manufactured and has become a popular decorative item for girls and women of other religions. Kher views the daily ritual of applying this third eye as offering the possibility of seeing the world with fresh eyes. She uses this tiny object to transform various objects and surfaces allowing the viewer to look at them anew.


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Bharti Kher’s works are first and foremost about identity and related issues of culture, tradition, gender and belonging. She juxtaposes contradictory signals of among other things the feminine, the animal, power, and ethnicity, and questions the familiar categories into which we divide our world in order to understand it…

Like many other contemporary Indian artists, Bharti Kher reflects a modern, indeed post-modern sensibility. Saatchi

In her Solarum Series sculptures, the artist draws upon the symbol of the tree as an oracle figure or magical device. The uncanny symbol of the tree is a motif that cuts across ancient cultures, occurring notably in both Greek and Indian mythology…

Works and biography

Bharti Kher’s works are first and foremost about identity and related issues of culture, tradition, gender and belonging. She juxtaposes contradictory signals of among other things the feminine, the animal, power, and ethnicity, and questions the familiar categories into which we divide our world in order to understand it.

Kher uses the ready-made bindi as a central motif of her practice. This tiny decoration is used as a means of transforming objects and surfaces. Her use of the bindi brings to her art a range of meanings and connotations across historical and contemporary periods…