Bharti Kher, Target Queen, 2014. PVC, aluminium, 18 x 18 m (dimensions overall). North Façade of the Museum. Courtesy the artist.
Contemporary painter and sculptor Bharti Kher has been engaged with the varying art historical traditions of the readymade, minimalism and abstraction (through repeated gestures and forms), as well as mythology and narrativity for the past twenty years. This fifteen-
For Kher, the central question of identity (as body, gender, language, and motif) is inextricably linked to the question of artifice—as an existential, aesthetic, biological, and ethical trope. Kher's women in her important photographic suite, the "Hybrid" series, which includes The hunter and the prophet, chocolate muffin, angel, family portrait, and feather duster (all from 2004), exist in a liminal state between humdrum domesticity and violent phantasmagoria, as their photoshopped selves—part human, part animal—appear both seductive and demure, seemingly in agreement with their given roles, as well as domineering and resistant, having elected to relish in their own duplicitous and multiplying selfhoods. The poetics of the body reveals Kher's interests in entropy, mutation, and transformation, as witnessed by humans and animals alike. Kher's series of animal-
Although Kher's diverse output is highly varied in materiality, sensibility, approach, and subject matter, repeating patterns and gestures do appear throughout, starting with her early work as a painter during her student years in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Kher's work displays an intrinsic love of counting, subtle understanding of scale, and predilection towards human drama and contemporary life, as witnessed by her in the metropolitan center of New Delhi, where the artist has lived and worked since the early 1990s. Furthermore, it is also a practice that includes cyclical characters that appear and reappear, including the ape for instance, and a highly attuned sensitivity to the cascades, puns, and intonations of language, as expressed in Kher's evocative titles for her artworks. The Rockbund Art Museum exhibition includes a selection of twenty works comprised of sculptures, Kher's much-
Bharti Kher: Misdemeanours will be accompanied by a scholarly catalogue and a full roster of public programs.
International Archives 1st half of 2014
Rockbund Art Museum is pleased to present Bharti Kher: Misdemeanours, on view in Shanghai from January 11 to March 30, 2014. The exhibition has been curated by Sandhini Poddar, Mumbai-
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