february, 2018

01feballday25marHumaira Abid: Searching for Home

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Event Details

Searching for Home is the first solo museum exhibition for Seattle-based, Pakistan-born artist Humaira Abid. Abid is well known for her bold, symbolically rich, and meticulously realized wood sculptures and miniature paintings. Her work demonstrates a fearless approach to tackling cultural norms, gender roles, and relationships, often with an ironic edge. Searching for Home premieres never-before seen works by the artist, created following months of research and interviews with refugee women who have been resettled in both the Pacific Northwest and Pakistan from nations including Somalia, Syria, and Afghanistan.

The exhibition constructs a narrative through seven “stations,” or installations, that take viewers on a “search for home.” For the refugee, the concept of “home” belongs to the past and, hopefully, the future; the present, however, is trapped in limbo, focused on survival. At the center of this discussion is the plight of female refugees and their difficult journeys. These crossings often separate families and create a longing for the comfort of home and security of the domestic domain. For many, the success of the search is dependent on the implements that facilitate survival along the route, and the intermittent signs of hope that light the way forward. This, Abid’s most narrative and expansive undertaking to date, involves the intricately detailed yet confrontational imagery that forms the basis of her work.

Time

February 1 (Thursday) - March 25 (Sunday)

Location

Bellevue Arts Museum

510 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, Washington 98004

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