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It always does me proud to see a Pakistani artist like Huma Bhabha makin’ a good name for the country across the seas

Somehow, Huma Bhabha maintains her individuality without creating cashing in on her part-Pakistani identity. Can’t stand it when international Pakistani artists milk their exotic roots for a space in a gallery or the cover page of a magazine.

Bhabha moved to the wonderful U.S. of A from Karachi, Pakistan to study at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1981 and then went on to finish her MFA at Columbia University in 1987. Bhabha went on making her weird, dirty Dada type sculptures even after many New York galleries rejected her. She claimed this was actually “liberating” and left her free to experiment. Soon after, her career took off and her work’s been from biennales to triennales.

Bhabha’s work is a mess of materials and shows us why working in 3D is the way to go – the possibilities are limitless! She combines the organic with the artificial, and mish-mashes a list of inspirations that range from Ancient Egypt to the war on Afghanistan. Bhabha also watched a lot of Star Trek and sci-fi films like Aliens in her youth which explains the sometimes outer-space quality of her surreal figures.


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Here is what Wikipedia says about Huma Bhabha

Huma Bhabha (born 1962) is a Pakistani-American sculptor based in Poughkeepsie, New York. Known for her uniquely grotesque, figurative forms that often appear dissected or dismembered, Bhabha often uses found materials in her sculptures, including styrofoam, cork, rubber, paper, wire, and clay. She occasionally incorporates objects given to her by other people into her artwork. Many of these sculptures are also cast in bronze. She is equally prolific in her works on paper, creating vivid pastel drawings, eerie photographic collages, and haunting print editions.

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