On a rooftop of the MET in New York City, we see two sculptures against the skyline—one of a totem figure looking toward the camera, and another of a figure kneeling away from the camera.

Huma Bhabha

b. 1962

Huma Bhabha, We Come In Peace, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Hyla Skopitz.

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, 1962; Lives and works in Poughkeepsie, New York

I’m interested in a certain kind of visceral aspect, a kind of rawness in the work, which I like very much. It comes naturally to me. — Huma Bhabha, 2018



Facing Giants
Salon 94 89th Street

Huma Bhabha

Against Time
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Huma Bhabha

They Live
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Huma Bhabha

Other Forms of Life
The Contemporary Austin

Huma Bhabha

We Come In Peace
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Huma Bhabha

With A Trace
Salon 94 94th Street

Huma Bhabha

Freeman Alley

Huma Bhabha

Salon 94 Bowery

Huma Bhabha

Unnatural Histories

Huma Bhabha

Salon 94 Bowery

Huma Bhabha

Salon 94 94th Street

Huma Bhabha


A woman sits on a chair in a studio next to a totem sculpture on a pedestal.

Eva Deitch for The New York Times, 2020

Huma Bhabha’s (b. 1962) 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. While her formal vocabulary is distinctly her own, Bhabha embraces a post-modern hybridity that spans centuries, geography, art-historical traditions and cultural associations. Her work includes references to ancient Greek Kouroi, Gandharan Buddhas, African sculpture and Egyptian reliquary. At the same time, it remains insistently modern, looking to Giacometti, Picasso and Rauschenberg for inspiration, as well as to science fiction, horror movies, and popular novels.

Bhabha’s work is currently included in Hi Woman!, curated by Francesco Bonami, at Museo Palazzo Pretorio, Prato (IT) through March; Flesh Arranges Itself Differently at the Hunterian, University of Glasgow (GB) through April; A Decade of Acquisitions of Works on Paper at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (CA) until May; and Our whole, unruly selves at the San José Museum of Art (CA) through June. She is also currently the subject of a solo exhibition curated by Nicholas Baume at Fundación Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido (MX), which features sculptures made while in residence. Past solo exhibitions include Against Time at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (UK) in 2020; They Live at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (MA) in 2019; We Come in Peace at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (NY) in 2018; Other Forms of Life at The Contemporary Austin (TX) in 2018; and Unnatural Histories at MoMA PS1, New York (NY) in 2013. The artist has also participated in many group exhibitions globally, including the 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN in 2020; the 57th edition of the Carnegie International in 2018; the 56th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2015; Intense Proximity- La Triennale 2012 at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR) in 2012; Greater New York at MoMA PS1, New York (NY) in 2012 and 2005; the Whitney Biennial in 2010; and the 7th Gwangju Biennale (KR) in 2008.

Bhabha’s work is represented in the collections of the Bronx Museum of Art, New York (NY); Centres Georges Pompidou, Paris (FR); the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (CA); the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (NY); the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (NY); the Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE); Tate, London (UK); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (NY); and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven (CT), among many others.



Huma Bhabha: Facing Giants
Susan Harris

The Brooklyn Rail

Best Art Exhibitions of 2021
Holland Cotter and Roberta Smith

The New York Times

Huma Bhabha/Christina Ramberg review – terrifying totems eye a crumbling world
Hannah Clugston

The Guardian

Huma Bhabha, Baltic Gateshead, review: eerie pictures of a world short on love
Cal Revely-Calder

The Telegraph

A warrior woman with five faces and an ode to the twin towers: Two monumental acquisitions reopen the Hirshhorn’s sculpture garden
Peggy McGlone

The Washington Post

An Artist Who Works Alongside Giants
Tiana Reid

The New York Times

Huma Bhabha
Dan Adler


‘Huma Bhabha: They Live’ Review: Spooky Sci-Fi Sculpture

The Wall Street Journal

Huma Bhabha


Huma Bhabha with Elyse Benenson

The Brooklyn Rail

Huma Bhabha’s Postapocalyptic Tableau
Andrea K. Scott

The New Yorker

A Sci-Fi Showdown at the Met Museum’s Rooftop Garden
Martha Schwendener

The New York Times