Wednesday, April 18, 2018
A Pakistani sculptor brings dark times, science fiction and a desire to provoke to New York's famed Metropolitan Museum of Art for this year's rooftop installation overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Huma Bhabha's "We Come in Peace" depicts a towering 12-foot, five-headed figure weighing 1.5 tons and an 18-foot long prostrate figure covered in a trash bag and called Benaam, or "without name" in Urdu. The installation, which opened Tuesday, is the sixth annual commission at the illustrious US museum's roof garden, a popular summer spot that draws nearly half a million visitors every year.
Bold, dramatic and thought-provoking, the weather-proof figures cast in bronze have political undertones, reflect social concerns and reference ancient African and Indian sculpture, according to the Met. "It's what is brewing in your head," Bhabha told AFP, insisting she wants visitors to make their own interpretations.
"I don't want to necessarily say it's this or that because that closes the conversation, but there are lots of different scenarios that one can come up with." Nor does she join the chorus in Democrat-heavy New York that focuses blame on US President Donald Trump for what many in the city see as the country's ills.
"It goes beyond Trump," she said. "Yes, he has made everything very vulgar and very in your face. But I think there are problems that have been existing much before he took over," she said. "I think we're in very dark times."
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