Huma 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.
“God of Some Things” by Pakistani-American artist Huma Bhabha
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 found 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.