Huma Bhabha was born in 1962 in Karachi, Pakistan. She now lives and works in Poughkeepsie, New York. 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. 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.
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Party in the Garden takes place on Wednesday 1 June.