Huma Bhabha Xavier Hufkens exhibition “The Setup”
Xavier Hufkens in Brussels is currently presenting a solo exhibition by Pakistani artist Huma Bhabha. As the first solo exhibition with the gallery, the artist brings the visual lexicon she has developed over the past 30 years in a series of old and new sculptures, paintings and drawings.
“The Setup” focuses on the notion of reciprocal gazes – where several pairs of two-dimensional and three-dimensional eyes intertwine and are further reinforced by the viewer’s own observation. Bhabha is renowned for creating totem figures reminiscent of ancient civilizations, such as Greco-Roman statues, Egyptian votive carvings, and motifs found in African and Asian art.
Glimpses of a bygone era are brought back to the present through a meticulous choice of color, shape and material. For example, in The ambitious, Bhabha cut out cork and then painted the figure with acrylic, oil stick and lipstick – an act that emphasizes the dichotomy of sacred forms and everyday disposables. Each of his pieces carries a myriad of cultural touchpoints – from his hometown of Karachi, from visual magazine collages to the dangers of climate change.
“There is so much physical destruction in different parts of the world,” Bhabha said in a statement, adding that “many cities in operation look like archaeological digs. One of the ways I like to approach the past is in a cinematic way, reimagining the past and projecting into the future, as movies often do.
After exhibiting worldwide, “The Setup” is Bhabha’s first exhibition at Xavier Hufkens and is on view until October 16.
Also on view in Brussels, Paul Rouphail will unveil his second exhibition at the Stems Gallery.
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