Bharti Kher The skin speaks a language not its own, 2006, fibreglass, bindis, 142 × 456 × 195 cm, Courtesy Gallery Nature Morte, Photo © Pablo Bartholomew
Following the pioneering works of the Hungarian-Indian painter Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941), who paved the way for the professionalisation of Indian women in the field of visual arts, the 1970s and 1980s were marked by the appearance of a number of female figures on the Indian continent. Nalini Malani (b. 1946), whose work emerged during these decades, Sheela Gowda (b. 1957), or Bharti Kher (b. 1969), each use their own singular perspectives to address the issues of gender and tradition in the context of Indian society.