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Born in London in 1969, Bharti studied at Middlesex Polytechnic and went on to pursue her Master degree at New Castle Polytechnic, in 1988. Her multifaceted practice encompasses identity, consumerism, gender and class, all of which make her work layered and complex. Through these aspects, Kher builds up her practice using every day experiences from her life and breaking them down into minute details, leaving nothing to chance. The labor-intensive works are always a spectacle to behold and have subversion running as an undercurrent theme. She refers to mythical monsters and beasts in allegorical tales that feature in abundance throughout her work, alongside notions of gender while exploring cultural understandings and misfortunes. She investigates culture and social code in her art practice, making hybrid creatures and works embedded in cultural significance; such as her bindi works that feature thousands of these multi-colored dots, painstakingly stuck on the surface to create an elaborate piece. The composite beings in her works present a stark amalgamation of reality and idealization, in order to put forth a reinterpretation of present day India.
Kher delves into her own routine experiences and surroundings to draw inspirations for many of her works. Kher’s creations, whether painting, sculpture, assemblage or video, inherit a dual character and in-between-ness that evades clear definitions. These artworks draw from commonplace contemporary surroundings, often exposing themselves to the viewer and allowing them to engage with the multiple layers of interpretation. Her diverse production varies highly in material and sensibility, tactic and subject matter, with repetition of pattern and an understanding of scale present since her student years in the late 1980s.
Her recent shows include Bind the Dream State to your Waking Life in Nature Morte in New Delhi, India in 2013, Leave your smell, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France in 2011, Inevitable Undeniable Necessary, Hauser & Wirth, London, UK in 2010, Sing to them that will listen, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France in 2008. She is the recipient of YFLO Women achievers award of the year in 2007 and the Sanskriti award in 2003. She was recently conferred with the prestigious 'Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’ in 2015.
The artist lives and works in Gurgaon.