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Artist Lecture: Humaira Abid

April 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Humaira Abid
Humaira Abid, The Stains are Forever, 2016. Photo: Adeel Ahmed.

Artist Lecture: Humaira Abid | Sponsored by the University of the Arts and the Center for Art in Wood | Thurs, April 16, 2020 | Live on ZOOM at 5 pm EDT

Join the University of the Arts and the Center for a virtual Artist Lecture via ZOOM with Humaira Abid. Artist Humaira Abid’s life and passion is devoted to leveraging her artistic language to expose taboos and their harmful effects on society. In the exhibition Searching for Home, on view at the Center for Art in Wood’s website, Abid transports visitors into a concurrent reality, in which tens of millions of people worldwide have fled their homes—a troubling narrative that the artist depicts through installations of carvings and paintings. Abid will discuss her work and how contemporary artists can engage with tradition while also subverting it to address societal problems, taboos, stereotyping, and oppression. To attend virtually, follow the link above. If you have questions please contact Katie Sorenson, Community Engagement Manager at [email protected]


Photo of Humaira Abid by Amber Hammad

Humaira Abid’s carved wood sculpture and paintings—known for their exquisite detail—depict human relationships, societal repression, and the consequences of keeping basic truths from being discussed and shared. The beauty and seductive virtuosity of her work offset her political, ironic, provocative, and even scandalous objects and installations.

Humaira Abid was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. She immigrated to the United States in 2008 and now lives and works in Seattle, WA.

Abid received her BFA in sculpture and miniature painting from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2000. Her works have been exhibited in museums and galleries and documented in publications around the world and reviewed by local, national, and international news media. Abid is the recipient of numerous honors, most recently the 2019 Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award.

Her work has been published in books and other print media, and she has been the recipient of prestigious awards and grants. She has lectured widely and participated in residencies and symposia around the world. Two documentary features focused on Abid and her work, produced by the KCTS9 branch of PBS and Seattle Channel, were both nominated for Northwest Emmy Awards. The artist is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle.



April 16, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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