Huma completed her BFA at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi in 1995, and her MFA at Transart Institute, Berlin, in 2010.
Huma is a visual artist whose practice navigates the border of fact and fiction. She works with sculpture, photography, drawing, and painting, creating material juxtapositions which are attentive to the absurd, and question notions of ‘certainty’, and ‘truth’, through the use of digital imaging, reanimating objects through taxidermy, or creating clumsy, hybrid objects. The often awkward and scruffy artworks imbue a deliberate anti-heroism, playing out ironically, or sometimes comically, in her works, addressing perceptions of ageing and isolation, urban expansion and its related follies, and dust and geckos, as chronic domestic threats. Her participation in recent exhibitions includes “The Great Game”, Iranian 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.
Associate Professor at the School of Visual Arts, BNU, Lahore from 2003-2015. Visiting artist on the BFA Program, at Goldsmiths College between 2015-17, Associate Lecturer UWE, Bristol during 2017, and currently Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fine Art, at Plymouth College of Art, UK.
Pedagogic interests, teaching as a site specific project and collaborations.
The artist as art tutor, conflicts and alliance.
Ranciere’s “The ignorant School Master”.
Sculptural practice in all its forms, the city as muse, notions of artistic failure.
Interventions, ruptures through material.
Contemporary Art practice from South Asia and the Middle East in particular.
2016 The Country of Last Things Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2011 Twilight, Project 88, Mumbai, India
2010 Crystal Palace and Other Follies, Rohtas Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2009 High Rise, Elementa Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Things Lost | Remembering the Future, Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata, India
2016 welcome to what we took from is the state, curated by Sadia Shirazi, Queens Museum, New York, USA
2016 Mining Warm Data, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh
2015 The Great Game, Iranian Pavillion, La Biennale de Venezia, Italy
2014 Burning Down the House 10th Gwangju Biennale, Republic of South Korea
2014 Stet., Al-Hamra Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2013 Up Above the World: Contemporary South Asian Photography, Aicon Gallery, New York, USA
2013 Extra|Ordinary, Abraaj Group Art Prize, Art Dubai, UAE
2013 Salaam Bombay: Beauty and Chaos in the Urban Environment, Twelve Gates Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
2012 Frieze Art Fair, London, Project 88
2010 The Rising Tide, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, Pakistan
2010 As The Land Expands, Al Riwaq Art Space, Adliya, Kingdom of Bahrain
2010 Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Year of Photography from India , Pakistan and Bangladesh, Whitechapel Gallery, London, in January 2010 and tour to the Fotomuseum Winterthur in June 2010.
2010 The Empire Strikes Back, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Mulji was a recipient of the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2013.
2017 Panel presentation, Congrés Asie, (6th French Network for Asian Studies International Conference), Paris, France
2016 Seminar presentation “The Picturesque Ruin”, Terra Foundation for American Art, Giverny, France
2016 Conference Participation, Global Academy? Learning and Teaching Art in a Globalized World, Summer Academy, Salzburg, Austria
2016 Artists talk, Karachi Literature Festival, in conversation with Noorjehan Bilgrami
2015 Presentation: Locking Horns: Mentorship and Resistance in Art Schools in Pakistan, GLAD Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK