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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.

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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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Huma Bhabha is known for her uniquely grotesque, figurative forms that often appear dissected or dismembered, Bhabha often uses found materials in her sculptures, including styrofoam, cork, rubber, paper, wire, and clay. She occasionally incorporates objects given to her by other people into her artwork. Many of these sculptures are also cast in bronze. She is equally prolific in her works on paper, creating vivid pastel drawings, eerie photographic collages, and haunting print editions.
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I wouldn't have THAT on my roof even if someone paid me.

Then again, this is what this country deserves for electing DOTARD.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-04-18 02:46 AM | Reply

I like it. Will probably see it some time in June.

#2 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2018-04-19 09:59 AM | Reply

Have you ever seen that movie that's possibly the worst movie EVER? I saw it when it came out 18 years ago and I still got scars that refuse to heal.

Travolta was like a 10 foot tall alien bad dude ... the movie was basically inspired by Scientology.... This reminds me of that movie. And I find that horrible.

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#3 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-04-19 12:54 PM | Reply

It does sort of look like him in Battlefield Earth.

#4 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2018-04-19 01:30 PM | Reply

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