Join us for MOCA’s Virtual Studio Visits series led by MOCA Director Klaus Biesenbach as he digitally connects with artists around the world for studio visits. This week features Huma Bhabha from her home in Poughkeepsie, New York. This talk was pre-recorded on October 10, 2020 and will now be available on MOCA’s YouTube channel.
About the artist:
Huma Bhabha’s (b. 1962 in Karachi, Pakistan) work addresses themes of memory, war, displacement, and the pervasive histories of colonialism. Using found materials and the detritus of everyday life, she creates haunting human figures that hover between abstraction and figuration, monumentality and entropy. Her work includes references to ancient Greek Kouroi, Gandharan Buddhas, African sculpture and Egyptian reliquary while remaining insistently modern, looking to Giacometti, Picasso and Rauschenberg for inspiration, as well as to science fiction, horror movies, and popular novels. Bhabha has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including her current survey retrospective at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2020-21); They Live, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (2019); We Come in Peace, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2018); Other Forms of Life, The Contemporary Austin, TX (2018); and Unnatural Histories, MoMA PS1, New York (2013). She has been featured in group exhibitions worldwide, including the 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN (2020); the 57th Carnegie International (2018); the 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Intense Proximity- La Triennale 2012, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York (2012 and 2005); The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of Art, New York (2010); and the 7th Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2008). Bhabha lives and works in Poughkeepsie, New York.
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