Huma Bhahba, Unnatural Histories, 2012. Wood, wire, clay, wire mesh, Styrofoam, acrylic paint, oil stick, burlap, metal, lucite, feathers, paper, laces, rubber, plastic, and horn, 86 × 80 × 198 inches (218.4 × 203.2 × 502.9 cm). Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York. © Huma Bhabha
Join Vazira Zamindar, a historian of modern South Asia, as she shares her perspective on Huma Bhabha’s multimedia sculptures and reflects upon ways in which the artist communicates histories of displacement and war through visual practices. Zamindar is an Associate Professor of History at Brown University. Her book The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia: Refugees, Boundaries, Histories (Columbia University Press, 2007) served as a source of inspiration for Mara Ahmad’s film A Thin Wall (2015), Shayma Sayid’s dance Kanhaiya yaad hai kuch bhee hamari (South Bank Center, London, August 2017), and for the San Francisco Enacte Arts’ play The Parting (2018).