clay, straw, bamboo
The Intermediaries suggest a familial life: a melange of unconventionality, ancestral complexity, and diasporic identity. One that brings with it both geographical and psychosocial dissonances. Bharti Kher describes The Intermediaries in her own words as “a family of in-betweens. They are the outsiders, the self created and the djinns, they are ur-halfs, crossbreeds and half bloods. They are the alchemists who deliver elixirs that will heal you and they are the magicians who disappear at will. They summon into being your trickster, your enchantress and the shaman in you.” Consciously defiant of specific religiosity and situated within a practice of activating materials that contradict themselves visually, these “half spectral things” then fit in – and indeed add to – Kher’s work of a narrative building for hybrid beings. For an oeuvre that repeatedly provokes linguistic pirouettes, Kher is concerned not with identifying the disparate figures that form The Intermediaries series, but rather with positing them as accumulated warnings for the indifferent. ภาษาไทย : คลิกที่นี่
Bharti Kher was born in 1969 in London, England and has lived in New Delhi, India, since 1993. Overarching themes within her work include the notion of the self as a multiple and its interlocking relationships between man, animal and associated notions of hybridity. Encompassing painting, sculpture, and installation, Kher’s works link abstraction and figuration and exploits the drama inherent in objects, explore the notion of the self as a multiple and its interlocking relationships between man, animal, and hybridity.
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