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Bharti Kher
An absence of assignable cause, 2007

In reviewing the current show of work by Bharti Kher at DHC/ART Foundation, one doesn’t know where to begin. Although the artist is internationally renowned for her use of bindi – the tiny red dot worn by Hindu women on their forehead – the exhibition also showed life-size concrete figures, sari-sculptures, and a colossal blue whale’s heart. Her intellectually seductive work is an invitation to discover; from the microcosmic to the macro, from the spiritual to the material, and from the flatness of mapped worlds to multidimensional installations.

The first floor at DHC is charmingly elegant. Light from the tall turn-of -the-century windows caresses colourful saris enclosed in resin. A presence of absence, their graceful flowing shapes suggest a social gesture – “the remembered movement of throwing the garment off. They are like amber; an object that carries memories.’’ They are a kind of portraiture. Some refer to Ovid’s The Heroides, a collection of poems about Greek and Roman heroines. Others have titles evoking a narrative back-story with suggestive titles such as The night she left (2011), or The day they met (2011).

(Suite de l'article dans la version imprimée de Vie des arts)