Katharina Grosse, This Drove my Mother up the Wall, 2017, installation at the South London Gallery, London © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo by Andy Keate.

Katharina Grosse will be in conversation with Bharti Kher at Camberwell College of Arts, London, United Kingdom.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 7–9PM BST.

Katharina Grosse will discuss her practice and her solo exhibition at the South London Gallery with artist Bharti Kher. open—talks is a series of talks conceived by the South London Gallery (SLG) and Camberwell College of Arts offering an alternative curriculum that synthesises the current interests and research focus of both institutions.

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Katharina Grosse was born in 1961 in Freiberg, Germany, and now lives and works in Berlin. Her work has been featured in international solo and group exhibitions, as well as major arts projects and biennales. Grosse’s most recent site-specific installations include Rockaway! for MoMA PS1’s “Rockaway!” program (2016) and Untitled Trumpet for the 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015). Notable solo exhibitions include “Constructions à cru,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005); “Atoms Outside Eggs,” Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto (2007); “Hello Little Butterfly I Love You What’s Your Name,” ARKEN—Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen (2009); “Two younger women come in and pull out a table,” De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, The Netherlands; “WUNDERBLOCK,” Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas both (2013); “yes no why later,” Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2015); and Museum Frieder Burda, Germany (2016).

Bharti Kher’s work encompasses painting, sculpture and installation, often incorporating bindis, the popular forehead decoration worn by women in India, which in Kher’s hands become an epidermal filter, transforming objects and dissolving the distinction between two and three dimensions. Kher’s works are radically heterogeneous. Sculptures she has made since the mid-2000s combine animal with human body parts to create hybrid female figures that confront the viewer with a compelling mixture of sexuality and monstrosity. In contrast, her bindi ‘paintings’ are abstract and aesthetic, turning the mass-produced consumerist items into artworks of sumptuous beauty. Overarching themes are the notion of the self as a multiple and culture’s openness to misinterpretation. She exploits the drama inherent in objects, tapping into mythologies and the numerous diverse associations a thing can bring. Kher has exhibited at numerous museums and institutions internationally, her most recent exhibitions include the Freud Museum London, London, England (2016), Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth, Australia (2016), Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2016) and the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2014).


Camberwell College of Arts | Lecture Theatre
45–65 Peckham Road | London SE5 8UF | UK
Website: South London Gallery | Open Talks