An Unquiet Grave

Huma Mulji

An Unquiet Grave

Suite of 4 Inkjet Prints on Innova Smooth Cotton Rag

106.68 cm x 71.1 cm each

2020

 

Meticulously preserved at the Bristol Archives, these building records refer to a port city built largely on the back of the booming Atlantic slave trade, the source of Bristol’s dazzling wealth for 200 years. The books are preserved as fastidiously as the information is withheld from the country’s collective memory.

 

With thanks to: The Bristol Record Office

Huma Mulji works with sculptural installation, photography, collage and drawing.  The city, the everyday and the overlooked, all serve as subjects in her deliberately awkward artworks. Mining out the dysfunctional, the futile, the funny, the sorrowful and the resilient, the works stand as unwieldy, inconvenient witnesses to time and place.

She completed her BFA in Sculpture, from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi (1995), and an MFA in New Media Practices, from Transart Institute, Berlin, (2010). 

Mulji’s participation in recent exhibitions includes In the Open and in Stealth MACBA, Barcelona (2018), We look at Animals Because, Critical Distance Center for Curators, Toronto, Canada (2018), Witness, Karachi Biennale 2017, welcome to what we took from is the state, Queens Museum, New York, USA (2017), A country of Last Things, Koel Gallery, Karachi, (2016), The Great Game, Irani Pavilion, Venice Biennale, (2015) Burning Down the House, 10th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, (2014). She was a recipient of the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2013, and the Nigaah Award for photography in 2017.

She currently lives in Bristol, UK and is Lecturer, BA Hons. Fine Art, at Plymouth College of Art and University of the West of England, Bristol.

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