Bhabha is a sculptor first and foremost. Her poetic assemblages are born out of tactile materials such as Styrofoam, air-dried clay, wire, cork and scraps of construction material. Often referred to as ‘post-apocalyptic' in their aesthetic, these works combine figuration with abstract architectural elements and a sense of landscape. Informed by a vast array of cultural references, from the cinematography of 1979 sci-fi classic "Stalker" to the architecture of Cambodia's ancient temples at Angkor Wat, Bhabha's work transcends a singular time and place. Instead, these strands come together in a highly personal exploration of what the artist describes as the ‘eternal concerns' found across all cultures: war, colonialism, displacement and memories of home.
Bhabha's pastel works on paper are largely comprised of portraits and articulate the artist's painterly skill. Picasso-esque in form, these works blend figuration with a Modernist abstraction, producing a vibrant, enchanting effect. In her re-worked photographs, taken by Bhabha in her native Karachi in southern Pakistan, the artist undermines the documentary tradition with a darker, personal and often fantastical dimension.
Notable solo exhibitions include; ‘Unnatural Histories' at P.S.1/MoMA Contemporary Art Centre, New York, USA (2012-2013); ‘Huma Bhabha: Players', Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia Province, Italy (2012); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, USA (2011); Galerie Niels Borch Jensen, Berlin, Germany (2011); Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2010); ‘New Work', Grimm Fine Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2009) and ‘Emerging Artist Award Exhibition', The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, USA (2008).
Recent group exhibitions include; ‘America is Hard to See', Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); ‘56th International Art Exhibition - All the World's Futures', Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2015); ‘LAT. 41° 7' N., LONG. 72° 19' W', Martos Gallery, East Marion, New York, USA (2013); ‘A Different Kind of Order', The ICP Triennial, International Center of Photography, New York, USA (2013); ‘Land Marks', curated by Doug Eklund and Anne Strauss The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA (2013); ‘Oppenheimer@20: A 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Nerman Museum's Oppenheimer Collection', Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas, USA (2012-2013); ‘To Hope, To Tremble, To Live: Modern and Contemporary Works from the David Roberts Collection', The Hepworth- Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK (2012-2013); ‘Theatre of the World', Museum of Old and New Art, ‘Hobart', Tazmania (2012); ‘Statuesque', Nasher Sculptural Center, Dallas, Texas, USA (2011); ‘Contemporary Galleries: 1980 - Now', MOMA, New York, USA (2011); ‘Whitney Biennial', Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (2010); ‘Statuesque', City Hall Park, New York, USA (2010); ‘7th Gwangju Biennale', Gwangju, South Korea; curated by Okwui Enwezor (2008); ‘After-Nature', The New Museum, New York, USA (2008) and ‘USA Today: New American Art from the Saatchi Gallery', Royal Academy of Arts, London, England (2006).
Bhabha's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; New York Public Library, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; Saatchi Gallery, London; The David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.