Huma Bhabha, Benaam, 2018. Painted and patinated bronze. 55 x 58 x 180 in. (139.7 x 147.3 x 457.2 cm). Installation view, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York. Photo by Natasha Moustache © 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).