Bharti Kher

Read our profile on the British New Dehli-based artist

By Martin Herbert

An Absence of Assignable Cause, 2007. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth, London, Zurich and New York

Several years ago, Bharti Kher became fascinated by a four-by three-inch newspaper photograph of a collapsed elephant being loaded into a truck, and a sculpture was born – albeit slowly. The image was a rear view: to make the front, the artist needed a model. Kher’s studio is in Gurgaon, a thriving satellite city of New Delhi, and she knew where the latter’s colony of elephants is kept. She discovered that she could get one walked to her studio –…

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