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Huma Bhabha
Public Art Fund

30 April 2024 — ongoing
Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, NY, USA

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Public Art Fund’s 2024 exhibition program features five artists working at the forefront of photography, painting, and sculpture to examine pressing issues of identity, the impact of history, and our social and natural ecosystems. Through their public art commissions, these artists will share stories of interconnectedness, articulated through relationships between people, animals, science fiction, and architecture. Together, they will question real and perceived boundaries between living beings and the spaces we inhabit.

Huma Bhabha (b. 1962, Karachi, Pakistan) will present a series of four new large-scale figures against the verdant backdrop of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Based in Poughkeepsie, New York, Bhabha creates objects, drawings, and sculptural works that depict the strangeness and vulnerability of the contemporary figure. Her hybridized forms, which borrow from ancient and modern cultural sources alike, exude emotion and humor. Posing questions about the alien qualities of beings and how life forms are considered monstrous, Bhabha’s work probes the intersections of science fiction, horror, abstraction, and archaic expression.

Drawing from both natural and manmade materials, Bhabha’s outdoor public installations serve as large-scale contemplations on nature, war, and civilizations across time. At once monumental, grotesque, and humorous, these sculptures presented with Public Art Fund will continue her engagement with the human figure. Huma Bhabha’s exhibition is curated by Public Art Fund Artistic & Executive Director Nicholas Baume with support from Public Art Fund Assistant Curator Jenée-Daria Strand.