About The Work
"The bindi has always already been a representation, a sign for me. It marks time and place, moment and action, its typography and a text and they are as much about geodesy as they are microbiology. In the bindi works there are possibilities to look at the macrocosm and microcosm; to see the relationship of our own body in the world as we live and to experience the outer body as cosmic or even otherworldly. It’s a language that I have invented and developed over time, and practice to make sense of and question my own ideas about what I don’t know." - Bharti Kher
Bharti Kher’s (b. 1969, London) art gives form to quotidian life and its daily rituals in a way that reassesses and transforms their meaning to yield an air of magical realism. Now living in New Delhi, India, her use of found objects is informed by her own position as an artist located between geographic and social milieus. Her way of working is exploratory: surveying, looking, collecting, and transforming, as she repositions the viewer’s relationship with the object and initiates a dialogue between metaphysical and material pursuits.
Since first appearing in her work in 1995, the bindi has inherited an aesthetic and cultural duality, a means to mix the superficial with the sublime. Kher explains, ‘Many people believe it’s a traditional symbol of marriage while others, in the West particularly, see it as a fashion accessory... But actually the bindi is meant to represent a third eye – one that forges a link between the real and the spiritual-conceptual worlds.’ Used as a material to articulate and animate her themes, bindis as such are not meant to be the central-motif of her work but rather act as a material, much like paint or clay, but with an inherent narrative. The bindis themselves undergo a shift in their initial cultural capital – they are defamiliarized, made to seem both scientific and mystical.
Nature Morte: India's premier contemporary art gallery.
Founded in New York's East Village in 1982 and closed in 1988, Nature Morte was revived in New Delhi in 1997. Since then it has become synonymous in India with challenging and experimental forms of art; championing conceptual, lens-based, and Installation genres.
It represents generations of Indian artists who have gone on to international exposure and it also organizes projects and exhibitions with international artists coming to India to foster cross-cultural communications.
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