For this video, the ICA Boston visited Bhabha in her Poughkeepsie, NY studio and at the foundry where her bronze sculptures are cast, to discuss her practice, and for a behind-the-scenes look specifically at the creation of the bronze work Benaam (2018) – one of the figures in We Come in Peace.
“It’s the first time I’ve had so much of my work in one space together, and work that goes back a long time now. To see so much of it in the same space is… I’m still getting used to it!” —Huma Bhabha
Sculptor Huma Bhabha (b. 1962, Karachi) enjoyed an acclaimed run in the summer of 2018 with her rooftop commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, We Come in Peace – through May 27, 2019. She is now featured in the largest yet survey of her work They Live, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Continuing on the sci-fi-esque theme from her Met rooftop commission, Bhabha’s otherworldly and grotesque sculptures and drawings reflect on the disorienting and disquieting effects of humanity in our modern age.