Selected works by Bharti Kher

Bharti Kher
An Absence Of Assignable Cause


Bindis on fibreglass

168 x 308 x 150 cm
In part inspired by artists such as Hieronymus Bosch, Francisco Goya and William Blake, Bharti Kher references magical beasts, mythical monsters and allegorical tales in which they might feature in her work. The blue sperm whale is one of the world’s largest animals. Unable to find sufficient scientific documentation about its anatomy, Kher invented the appearance of the whale’s heart for An Absence of Assignable Cause. Created in fibreglass, the artist has decorated the enormous heart and protruding veins and arteries with different coloured bindis.
Bharti Kher
Hungry Dogs Eat Dirty Pudding (and detail)


Fibreglass and plastic

40 x 100 x 125 cm
Relocating to New Delhi after studying art in Newcastle, England, Bharti Kher is an artist committed to exploring cultural misunderstandings and social codes through her art practice. Likening herself to the well intentioned ethnographer investigating her culture, Kher delivers a very forceful reinterpretation of modern India. In Hungry dogs Eat Dirty Pudding, a domestic hoover is covered in garish animal skins. These are the kind of inventive hybrid creations that Bharti Kher has made her own. Evoking the early work of Swiss artist Méret Oppenheim who covered a teacup, saucer and spoon with fur, Kher’s sculptural works appear incredibly surreal in their construction.
Bharti Kher


Bindis on painted board

173 x 311 cm
Highly regarded for her sculptural works, Kher has also produced paintings and installations that challenge cultural and social taboos in India. Untitled is composed of multi-layered and multi-coloured bindis. These numerous circles of coloured felt are concentrated on painted board. A reoccurring motif in her work, like the wheel rooted to the centre of the Indian flag, the bindi is at the centre of social and cultural identity and can be seen as a sign of the marital woman and her place in society. The bindi also traditionally represents a third eye, linking the spiritual and material world. In recent times, it has been reformed as a fashion accessory, available in different colours and shapes. With this work, the artist is signalling a need for social change and challenging the role of the women entrenched in tradition, whilst also commenting on the commoditisation of the bindi as a fashion accessory.

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Additional images and information – Bharti Kher
Various and images – Bharti Kher
Current exhibition information and selected works
Representing gallery, selected works and additional information
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.
Bharti Kher’s new solo show comprises works that carry a sense of bewilderment juxtaposed with a compulsion to locate and blend the stark, eerily alluring as well as repulsive paradoxes.
Selected works by the artist and additional biographical information
Bharti Kher’s life size sculptures of animals in fibreglass for example deer, elephants, hyenas explore her interest in kitsch and demonstrate a witty and sometimes sarcastic element in her work.
In the series of "Islamic Worlds", the ifa-Galleries Stuttgart and Berlin present the exhibition "Layers of Time and Space", developed in collaboration with the Austrian curator Simone Wille – group exhibition involving Bharti Kher
Additional images and information.