Pakistani artist Huma Bhabha has been selected to create a site-specific installation for The Met's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. The Roof Garden Commission: Huma Bhabha, We Come in Peace will be on view from April 17 through October 28, 2018.
The Roof Garden Commission: Huma Bhabha, We Come in Peace was conceived by the artist in consultation with Sheena Wagstaff, Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Shanay Jhaveri, Assistant Curator of South Asian Art, both of The Met's Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. It is the sixth in a series of site-specific commissions for the outdoor space. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.
Born in 1962 in Karachi, Pakistan, Huma Bhabha lives and works in Poughkeepsie, New York. Her work addresses themes of colonialism, war, displacement, and memories of place. Using found materials and the detritus of everyday life, she creates haunting human figures that hover between abstraction and figuration, monumentality and entropy.
Bhabha's work has been the subject of numerous national and international exhibitions, including Unnatural Histories at MoMA P.S.1, New York; All the World's Futures at the 56th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Italy; Players at the Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Huma Bhabha at the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; Stranger at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio; A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial at the International Center of Photography, New York; Land Marks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Intense Proximity at La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; 2010 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the 7th Gwangju Biennale, Korea. In 2008, she received The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Emerging Artist Award, and in 2013 she was awarded the Berlin Prize, Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship, the American Academy in Berlin.
The Roof Garden Commission: Huma Bhabha, We Come in Peace will be featured on The Met website