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November 26, 2008

Bharti Kher: Sing to them that we listen

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
Now through January 10

In Sing to them that we listen, Bharti Kher appropriates materials already steeped in significance. Large panels of multi-colored or all-white felt bindis — the decoration worn on the forehead in parts of India and Southeast Asia — are stacked, patterned, and presented like paintings. Certain spermatozoa-shaped bindis swim outward, evoking concerns of mutation, migration, and origin. Three life-size, fiberglass, female figures animate the space; one of the more confounding of the three, a decapitated Kali, holds an ape's head and a teacup while fornicating with the stem of her pedestal. A large wall piece of white bindis winds outward, recalling that an inward force is required for all that circular motion.

-Erin Cowgill

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