Humaira Abid: Searching for Home
Curator: Jennifer-Navva Milliken
February 7 – April 18, 2020
Searching for Home is the first solo museum exhibition for Seattle-based, Pakistan-born artist Humaira Abid. Abid is well known for her unique visual language, which blends the discipline of traditional Mughal miniature painting and sculpture in wood. Her career-long decision to specialize in woodcarving, a male-dominated field, reflects her commitment to challenging stereotypes. The beauty and mastery of Abid’s to-scale carvings of seemingly benign objects, ripe with subtext, belie the violence, cruelty, upheaval, and instability in society, especially that to which women are subject.
First shown at Bellevue Arts Museum, Searching for Home presents a human-scaled look at the worldwide refugee crisis focusing on the plight of women and girls, who make up a disproportionate percentage of the millions of people who have fled their home countries as a result of political conflict and strife, ethnic cleansing and persecution, domestic abuse, climate change and natural disasters, and crimes against humanity. Searching for Home presents works by the artist that were created following months of research and interviews with refugee women who have been resettled in both the Pacific Northwest and Pakistan from nations including Somalia, Syria, and Afghanistan.
The works in Searching for Home demonstrate the artist’s ability to tread a narrow line between evocative (and often provocative) content and mastery in a material discipline. The Center for Art in Wood’s presentation includes never-before-seen works that reflect the lack of resolution that impacts an increasing percentage of the world’s population. Among them, an interactive piece invites the visiting public to participate in storytelling and the sharing of personal narratives.
Searching for Home was organized by Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA.
A publication complimenting the exhibition will be available for purchase.
First Fridays | Feb 7, March 6, April 3 | 5 – 9 PM at the Center
Gallery talk with the artist and curator | Fri, Feb 7 | 6 – 7 PM followed by opening reception at the Center
A Conversation with Humaira Abid, Jennifer-Navva Milliken Artistic Director, (The Center for Art in Wood), and Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art (PAFA) | Sat, February 8 | 3:30 – 4:30 PM Arts | $15, free for members of the Center and PAFA at the Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts
Young Artist Speakers Series: Wit Lopez | Wed, March 4 | 6 – 8 PM at the Center
International Women’s Day at the Center | Sat, March 7 | 2 – 4 PM at the Center
Closing Event for Searching for Home | Sat, April 18 | 2 – 4 PM at the Center
For more information please contact Katie Sorenson, at 215-923-8000, or email@example.com.