Bharti Kher

The Skins Speaks a Language not its own, 2006
Bindis on Fibreglass
152 x 457 x 182 cm

Bharti Kher

Born London 1969.
Lives and works in New Delhi, India

‘I made some works over the years, I couldn’t hold the thread that linked it all together… and then one day, being optimistic, I thought the world was a positive place where all thingWhen s co-existed chaotically and awkwardly as life marched on, and so it was OK to lose the threads sometimes. There is no fixed strategy in my work’
Bahrti Kher

Raised in England, Bharti Kher was educated in painting and design at Newcastle and Middlesex Polytechnics. Since 1993, she has lived and worked in Delhi, her trans-national perspective engenders both personal and ethnographic observations of contemporary Indian life as well describing a long-term negotiation of her identity in India.

Kher uses the bindi in her work to create intricate patterns that evoke male sperm and genetic chains. A bindi is a forehead decoration worn in by women in India. Traditionally it is a red dot worn by married women and applied in the center of the forehead close to the eyebrows. Nowadays, bindis are also worn by women who are not married, children, and by women who are not Hindu.