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Huma Bhabha, ‘"With Blows," "With Words," and "Mechanic" (Installation View)’, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
Huma Bhabha, ‘"With Blows," "With Words," and "Mechanic" (Installation View)’, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
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Huma Bhabha

"With Blows," "With Words," and "Mechanic" (Installation View), 2015

3 Sculptures: cork, styrofoam, cardboard, acrylic paint, oil stick, nail polish, wood
Location
Venice
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56th Venice Biennale
Venice

In the background: Emily Kame Kngwarreye, "Earth’s Creation" (1994)

In the background: Emily Kame Kngwarreye, "Earth’s Creation" (1994)

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Photo by Alex John Beck for Artsy.
Huma Bhabha
Pakistani, b. 1962
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Huma Bhabha sculpts poetic assemblages of tactile, unconventional materials, such as Styrofoam, air-dried clay, wire, cork, and construction scraps. Sometimes described as “post-apocalyptic,” Bhabha's pieces thread figuration and abstraction, fusing elements of architecture to form a landscape-like sense of place. Making diverse cultural references, from the cinematography of the Andrei Tarkhovsky's sci-fi classic Stalker (1979) to the architecture of Cambodia’s ancient temples at Angkor Wat, Bhabha’s work transcends specificity to explore the universal, “eternal concerns” of all cultures: war, colonialism, displacement, and longing. Bhabha often produces pastel drawings and photographs in conjunction with her installations, reworking them in ink to blend uncanny, expressive figuration with Modernist abstraction.

Huma Bhabha, ‘"With Blows," "With Words," and "Mechanic" (Installation View)’, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
Huma Bhabha, ‘"With Blows," "With Words," and "Mechanic" (Installation View)’, 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
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About the work
Exhibition history
56th Venice Biennale
Venice

In the background: Emily Kame Kngwarreye, "Earth’s Creation" (1994)

In the background: Emily Kame Kngwarreye, "Earth’s Creation" (1994)

Medium
Sculpture
Image rights
Photo by Alex John Beck for Artsy.
Huma Bhabha
Pakistani, b. 1962
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Huma Bhabha sculpts poetic assemblages of tactile, unconventional materials, such as Styrofoam, air-dried clay, wire, cork, and construction scraps. Sometimes described as “post-apocalyptic,” Bhabha's pieces thread figuration and abstraction, fusing elements of architecture to form a landscape-like sense of place. Making diverse cultural references, from the cinematography of the Andrei Tarkhovsky's sci-fi classic Stalker (1979) to the architecture of Cambodia’s ancient temples at Angkor Wat, Bhabha’s work transcends specificity to explore the universal, “eternal concerns” of all cultures: war, colonialism, displacement, and longing. Bhabha often produces pastel drawings and photographs in conjunction with her installations, reworking them in ink to blend uncanny, expressive figuration with Modernist abstraction.

Huma Bhabha

"With Blows," "With Words," and "Mechanic" (Installation View), 2015

3 Sculptures: cork, styrofoam, cardboard, acrylic paint, oil stick, nail polish, wood
Location
Venice
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