Huma Mulji, Her Suburban Dream, taxidermy buffalo, metal rods, duco paint, welded sheet metal, cotton wool, 142” x 37” x 36”, 2009
Master Class with Huma Mulji
Cost: $75. Enrollment in the master class will be limited to 4-6 artists, chosen by Huma in consultation with the MAWA staff.
MAWA is proud to announce that, with the assistance of the Canada Council Visiting Artist Program, world-renowned interdisciplinary artist Huma Mulji will be coming to Winnipeg in January. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about her:
“Huma Mulji’s work has moved more and more towards looking at the absurdities of a post-colonial society in transition, taking on board the visual and cultural overlaps of language, image and taste, that create the most fantastic collisions. She describes the time we live in as moving at a remarkable speed. In regard to Pakistan, Mulji refers to the experience of “living 200 years in the past and 30 years in the future all at once”. She is interested in looking at this phenomenon with humor, to recognize the irony of it, formally and conceptually. Rather than dwell on and follow existing theoretical issues of living and working in a post-colonial nation and applying those stagnant studies to a lived existence, she examines the pace of cultural change through her artwork. Mulji’s sculptural works respond to the possibilities of making things in Pakistan, and embrace low-tech methods of “making”, together with materials and forms that come from another time, and that are “imported”, “newly discovered” or “re-appropriated”. For example the work Arabian Delight is a low-tech taxidermy camel, stuffed in a suitcase. It plays with ideas of travel, transition, and of mental and physical movement, combined with an old world symbol of the camel, forced into the suitcase, looking formally uncomfortable, but nonetheless happy. This particular work also examines the relationship between Pakistan and the Gulf States and the manipulation of the Governments of Pakistan, the “Arabisation” of the country, for years, towards all but wiping out a “south Asian” identity, to replace it with a “Muslim” identity. For Mulji, this in itself is forced, unnatural, and disagreeable. However, she also approaches this problem from the angle of someone living within it: therefore looking at it with humor, and recognizing the absurd results of the situation, in daily life, and through interactions with each other, and the world.”
Intrigued? Don’t miss her artist talk! And if you’d like more, Huma will be teaching a 5-day intensive for mid-career and established women artists. Discussion topics will include the challenges of large-scale sculpture, issues of cross-cultural representation and how to navigate the perils of the international art world. She will also conduct studio visits with participants, and provide detailed, constructive feedback.
Huma Mulji was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1970. She completed her Bachelors in Fine Art (Sculpture and Printmaking) from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 1995 and a Masters in Fine Art (New Media Arts), from Transart Institut, Berlin, acrredited by Donau-Universität Krems, Austria, in 2010. Mulji's participation in recent selected exhibitions includes “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. In 2009 “Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, at Asia Society, NY, in 2008, Half-Life, a two person show at the Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, Lahore, and Farewell to Post Colonialism, Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, China; Desperately Seeking Paradise, Pakistan Pavillion, ART DUBAI, UAE and Arabian Delight, Rohtas Gallery, Lahore. In 2007 Take Away,Zahoor-ul-Akhlaque Gallery, National College of Art, Lahore; “Outside the Cube”, National Art Gallery, Islamabad; Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA; Destination Asia: Non-strict correspondence, by Indian and Pakistani artists, Soros Center for Contemporary Art-Almaty, Kazikhistan and in 2006 256 Shades, V.M. Art Gallery, Karachi; Sub-Contingent, Fondazionne Sandretto Re Rauburg, Torino, Italy and Flights of Fancy, Royaat Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan. Mulji is the recipient of the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2013. She lives in Lahore, and teaches at the School of Visual Arts and Design at Beaconhouse National University.