Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is delighted to present works by Bharti Kher in her first solo exhibition held in a public art institution in London. The exhibition is composed of a selection of works from the recent past, with an emphasis on the artist’s sculptural works.
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. Her art practice is intimately intertwined with her Indian heritage, 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 the sociological issues dictating the home environment and the role and value of women in a homeland that she herself only experienced for the first time as an adult. 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.
Bharti Kher, born 1969 in London, England, now lives and works in New Delhi, India.
The exhibition at Parasol unit is accompanied by a comprehensive publication that includes several insightful essays by Ziba Ardalan, Gayatri Sinha, and Tom Morton, alongside an interview with writer Aveek Sen. The publication will be distributed internationally.
The exhibition and publication has been kindly supported by:
Priya & Cyrus Vandrevala
A programme of educational events will accompany this exhibition.