If you’ve been in Shanghai anytime in the past six months, you have probably seen the above image somewhere along the your metro line. It’s a little odd, yes, but doesn’t it make you a little curious?
I wanted to know what it was about and quickly found out (because it was posted everywhere) that it was the artwork of Bharti Kher, an Indian artist born in London. She was having a show at the Rockbund Art Museum and I thought it was worth a visit.
Here are some images from the exhibit.
Lady With An Ermine, 2012
Virus V, is a site specific work made up of a ton of bindis…which is a symbol seen in a majority of her works in this exhibit.
And All The While The Benevolent Slept, 2008
Made from 4200 red glass bangles, “symbolizing marriage, loyalty, purity and honor. The work points skywards with its exaggerated height, erecting a monument to Indian woman.”
This elephant piece was the main reason I wanted to see the exhibit. It was definitely an amazing work of art…looking more realistic than I imagined.
The Skin Speaks A Language Not It’s Own, 2006
"An exhausted mother elephant crawls forward supine, symbolizing energy and a leviathan of nature on the verge of death. Her body is covered with bindis in the shape of sperms, almost like another skin. For Kher, skin is the equivalent of memory. In this work, two rich and characteristically Indian symbols appear- the elephant and the bindi. In India, the elephant is regarded as a symbol of nobility, wisdom, and strength, and can furthermore be easily associated with this civilization, with its immense history and glorious empires. The sperm-shaped bindis of course are satirical in meaning, fusing a male symbol with a feminine subject, thus becoming a cogent and open-ended inquiry into gender issues in that country and beyond. The sperm is also a symbol of life; on the body of the elephant, they make up another layer of skin, full of vitality, perhaps suggesting that they are aiding in the recovery of this vast creature. The tiny size of the sperms and the bulk of the elephant constitute a vivid contrast, fully manifesting the tensions int he artists imagination."
Not All Who Wonder Are Lost, 2009-2010
The Hot Wind That Blows From The West, 2011
Overall the exhibit was pretty good. Her artwork had a ton of meaning behind it, so if you’re into that sort of stuff, than this is the exhibit for you. I hate “art talk”, so if you’re like me, you could at least go to see the elephant. The exhibit is up until the end of the month.