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Art of the Week: January 20, 2013

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“God of Some Things” by Pakistani-American artist Huma Bhabha
GodofsomethingsBhabhaHuma Bhabha (born 1962) from Karachi, Pakistan is a sculptor based in New York. Bhabha studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, 1985) and Columbia University (MFA, 1989). Her sculptures are composed from basic construction media and found objects.
In Bhabha’s exhibition “Unnatural Histories” currently being exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art PS1, Bhabha’s sculptural works and photo-based drawings feature bodies that appear dissected and dismembered, but one can likewise view them as monuments to human life reclaimed from the detritus of a post-apocalyptic landscape.

Working with fou
HumaBhabhand materials like Styrofoam and constructed forms, Bhabha reworks the familiarity of everyday objects into creepy and solemn totems. Also included in the exhibition are about a dozen collage-drawings that layer skeletal heads over desolate-looking landscapes. These two-dimensional works often incorporate photographs of Karachi, giving her multifarious, polytheistic beings a more defined sense of place. And they complement the sculptures in other ways, highlighting the gestural glue that holds them together.

This is Bhabha’s first solo exhibition on view at the Museum of Modern Art PS1 until April 1, 2013.