SAF AROUND THE WORLD: HUMA MULJI'S LOST AND FOUND AT GWANGJU BIENNALE
The Samdani Art Foundation is pleased to be lending Huma Mulji's (b.1970) Lost and Found to this year's Gwanju Biennale, South Jeola province, South Korea.
Born and raised in Karachi, Mulji's work explores the possibilities of “making” in Pakistan, embracing low-tech methods of fabrication, together with exquisite traditional crafts; materials and forms that come from another time, or those that are “imported”, “newly discovered” or “re-appropriated”.
The has an art historical and social legacy that includes Henry Moore’s Fallen Warrior, the 2003 demolition of Saddam Hussein’s Firdos square statue, Marc Quinn’s Alison Lapper Pregnant, the numberless victims of state violence in Pakistan, who’s tortured bodies have been found across the country for years, the unclaimed dead bodies that find their way to hospitals and medical college dissection tables, and notions of ageing, loneliness, hunger, humiliation, as they manifest themselves on the human body. The image is primarily drawn from David Alesworth’s photograph: “Criminal Autopsy” from 2010.