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The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.

BHARTI KHER Publication


July 9 to October 10, 2016
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Bharti Kher


Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing
July 2016
160 pages
120 illustrations

Buy it instore!


  • BHARTI KHER Matter catalogue, interior view

  • BHARTI KHER Matter catalogue, interior view

  • BHARTI KHER Matter catalogue, interior view

  • BHARTI KHER Matter catalogue, interior view

  • BHARTI KHER Matter catalogue, interior view

  • BHARTI KHER Matter catalogue, interior view


BHARTI KHER Matter surveys the work of internationally acclaimed artist Bharti Kher. Her work encompasses painting, sculpture and installation, often incorporating bindis and saris, and speaks about domesticity, gender, body politics and the realities of being female today. In the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue, eight distinguished writers offer psychoanalytic, literary, cultural and political readings of her work. The publication also reproduces a career-spanning selection of artworks that represent the sophisticated nature and diversity of Kher’s artistic practice.

Editor(s): Daina Augaitis and Diana Freundl
Authors/Contributors: Achal Prabhala, Daina Augaitis, Diana Freundl, Ashok Mathur, Prerna Singh, Nancy Adajania, Shanay Jhaveri

Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing on the occasion of the exhibition BHARTI KHER Matter, an exhibition organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery; curated by Daina Augaitis and Diana Freundl and presented from July 9 to October 10, 2016


Director’s Foreword, Kathleen S. Bartels, Vancouver Art Gallery
Conditions of Possibility: Bharti Kher's Use of the Bindi, Shanay Jhaveri

The X-Women: Bharti Kher's Cyborg Manifesto, Achal Prabhala

Quite Strangely Masculine: Bharti Kher's Androgynous Women, Rebecca M. Brown

The Mismeasure of Woman: Destigmatizing the Abnormal in Bharti Kher's Art, Nancy Adajania

What the Body Remembers, Ashok Mathur

Seeing and Not Seeing: The Mirror Works of Bharti Kher, Daina Augaitis

The Poetry and Politics of Fabric in Bharti Kher's Sari Portraits, Diana Freundl

A Journey in Energy, Prerna Singh
Contributors' Biographies
Artist's Biography
List of Works

IAA  BHARTI KHER Matter is part of the Vancouver Art Gallery's Institute of Asian Art's exhibition programing which features historical, contemporary and emerging international and local Asian artists
Exhibition Support:
Hari Sharma Foundation
Generously Supported by:
Lesley Stowe and Geoffrey Scott
Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family

Community Engagement Support:
Indian Summer Festival
The Gallery recognizes Saat Saath Arts Foundation for research support
and the Indian Summer Festival for community engagement.

Bharti Kher is presented as part of the Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art initiative

Founding Corporate Visionary Partner for the Institute of Asian Art