Huma Bhabha

Born 1962 Karachi, Huma Bhaba lives and works in Poughkeepsie. Graduated from BFA Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (1985); and MFA Columbia University, New York (1989).

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. 

Her works are held in public and private collections including Tate, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Saatchi Gallery, London; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Select solo exhibitions include They Live, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2019); Other Forms of Life, The Contemporary, Austin (2018-19); We Come in Peace, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2018); Study #16. What is Love, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2017); Unnatural Histories, MoMA PS1, New York (2012-13); Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2012); and Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2011). Select group exhibitions include Carnegie International 57th Edition, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2018); Give Up the Ghost, Baltic Triennial 13, Lithuania and Latvia (2018); Fourth Plinth Shortlist Exhibition, National Gallery, London (2017); Stranger, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2016); All the World’s Futures, 56th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2015); America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of Art, New York (2015); Atopolis, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2015); and Land Marks, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013). 

Awards and fellowships include the Berlin Prize, Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship, The American Academy in Berlin, Berlin (2013); and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Emerging Artist Award, Ridgefield (2008).

Last updated: 28.04.2021