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

Artwork

Exhibitions

09.19.2020–03.24.2021
Against Time
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Huma Bhabha

03.23–05.27.2019
They Live
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Huma Bhabha

09.15.2018–01.13.2019
Other Forms of Life
The Contemporary Austin

Huma Bhabha

04.17–10.28.2018
We Come In Peace
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Huma Bhabha

04.22–06.01.2018
With A Trace
Salon 94 94th Street

Huma Bhabha

05.14–06.28.2015
2015
Salon 94 Freemans

Huma Bhabha

05.14–06.28.2015
2015
Salon 94 Bowery

Huma Bhabha

11.18.2012–04.01.2013
Unnatural Histories
MoMA PS1

Huma Bhabha

11.17–12.19.2010
Sculptures
Salon 94 Bowery

Huma Bhabha

08.12–10.26.2007
2007
Salon 94 94th Street

Huma Bhabha

Biography

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.

The artist’s work is currently included in Unsettled Objects at Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE) until June 2021 and Everyone Is an Artist: Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (DE) until August 2021. Bhabha’s current survey retrospective, Against Time, at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (U.K.) is on view until July 2021. Other past solo exhibitions include 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 Museum of Modern Art, New York (NY); the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (NY); the Saatchi Gallery, London (U.K.); the Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (NY); and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven (CT), among many others.

CV

Press

09.22.2020
Huma Bhabha/Christina Ramberg review – terrifying totems eye a crumbling world
Hannah Clugston

The Guardian

09.19.2020
Huma Bhabha, Baltic Gateshead, review: eerie pictures of a world short on love
Cal Revely-Calder

The Telegraph

08.12.2020
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

01.25.2020
An Artist Who Works Alongside Giants
Tiana Reid

The New York Times

07.01.2019
Huma Bhabha
Dan Adler

Artforum

04.06.2019
‘Huma Bhabha: They Live’ Review: Spooky Sci-Fi Sculpture
04.06.2019

The Wall Street Journal

10.01.2018
Huma Bhabha
Editors

Blau

06.01.2018
Huma Bhabha with Elyse Benenson
Editor

The Brooklyn Rail

05.18.2018
Huma Bhabha’s Postapocalyptic Tableau
Andrea K. Scott

The New Yorker

04.12.2018
A Sci-Fi Showdown at the Met Museum’s Rooftop Garden
Martha Schwendener

The New York Times