The country of last things
February 09, – February 22, 2016
Huma Mulji works with sculpture, photography, drawing, and painting, creating material juxtapositions which are attentive to the absurd, and question notions of ‘certainty’, and ‘truth’. Her works broadly address notions of failure, neglect, and the dysfunctional. Her interest in material and production processes can often be traced to her growing up amidst a toy manufacturing business, in Karachi. The deliberately clumsy vocabulary reflects the subliminal horror of the miniaturized reality of toys. The awkward artworks imbue an anti-heroism, playing out ironically, or sometimes comically, in her works.
Mulji completed her BFA from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi in 1995, and an MFA from Transart Institute, Berlin, in 2010.Her participation in recent exhibitions includes “The Great Game” , Irani Pavillion, Venice Biennale, 2015, “Burning Down the House”, 10th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, “Extra|Ordinary”, Dubai, 2013, “Twilight”, a solo show at Project 88, Mumbai, India, 2011, “The Rising Tide”, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, 2010, “Where three Dreams Cross”. Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, 2010, “The Empire Strikes Back”, The Saatchi Gallery, 2010 and “Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, at Asia Society, NY, 2009. Mulji was a recipient of the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2013.
She was Associate Professor at the School of Visual Arts, BNU, Lahore from 2003- 2015, and is currently a Lecturer, BA Hons. Fine Art, at Plymouth College of Art, UK and Visiting Artist 2015-16 on the BFA program at Goldsmiths College. She works in Bristol and Karachi.