As the first solo exhibition by British-born, Delhi-based artist Bharti Kher in Germany, the current show at Museum Frieder Burda | Salon Berlin comprises a series of recent works dealing with the continuous interplay between creation and destruction, chaos and order. In addition, Kher’s installation ‘Virus VIII’—conceived especially for the Salon Berlin—is presented in correspondence with one of Gerhard Richter‘s famous ‘Grau-Bild’ from 1974.
Kher uses Bindis as an artistic means to cover the surfaces of sculptures and readymades in a second skin, or to construct abstract patterns out of the countless dots. Originally associated with femininity and religion, bindis are today also mass-produced as costume jewelry. Kher enhances both aspects in her Bindi work: materiality as well as the spiritual dimension. The central theme of the exhibition is a series of sculptures that expose the continual interplay of opposing forces and their balance. This fragile equilibrium is a common theme throughout the exhibition, where diametric forces continually seek harmony. Berlin Art Link Productions spoke to Kher and exhibition curator Patricia Kamp about the symbolism behind the works on display in the Salon Berlin.