Installation view, Huma Bhabha: They Live, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2019. Photo by Natasha Moustache © Huma Bhabha
Since the early 1990s, Huma Bhabha (born 1962 in Karachi) has developed a distinct visual vocabulary that draws upon a wide variety of influences, including horror movies, science fiction, ancient artifacts, religious reliquary, and modernist sculpture. The largest survey of the artist’s work to date, Huma Bhabha: They Live encompasses sculpture, drawing, and photography, with a special focus on Bhabha’s engagement with the human figure.
Best known for her sculptures, Bhabha uses a diverse array of natural, industrial, and found materials to make compelling works that engage the arts and histories of diverse cultures. Her work transcends a singular time and place, instead creating an exploration of what she describes as the “eternal concerns” found across all cultures: war, colonialism, displacement, and memories of home.
Huma Bhabha: They Live also includes drawings, photographs, and prints spanning the past two decades, as well as new works made on the occasion of this exhibition. It is accompanied by a lushly illustrated scholarly publication.