Bharti Kher (b.1969, UK)

Bharti Kher was born in London in 1969 and received a BA in Painting from the Newcastle Polytechnic in Newcastle, UK in 1991. She has been living and working in New Delhi since 1993. 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. 

Kher has shown internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She featured in the First International Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2012, at Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kiev, Ukraine; in Paris–Delhi–Bombay at Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2011; in 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia, 2010; Tokyo Art Meeting: Transformation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2010; and in Susan Hefuna – Bharti Kher – Fred Tomaselli: Between the Worlds, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland, 2010. Her works are also in a number of museum collections including Tate Modern, London; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi. 

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