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HUMA BHABHABenaam, 2018. Painted and patinated bronze, 139.7 × 147.3 × 457.2 cm. Installation view of “They Live” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 2019. Photo by Natasha Moustache. Courtesy Institute of Contemporary Art. 

They Live

Huma Bhabha

The ominously titled “They Live,” referencing the eponymous 1988 cult alien-invasion film, was Huma Bhabha’s largest survey to date, showcasing the Pakistani-American artist’s three-dimensional works, photography, and drawings from the past two decades. These include sculptures that resemble religious icons, ritual objects or props from sci-fi films, most made with scavenged materials. Simultaneously evoking a distant, more spiritual-centered past and a postapocalyptic, urban wasteland, “They Live” was an exhibition that looked deeply, into both the past and the future. 

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