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Huma Mulji

b. 1970 | Karachi


Education BFA, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan.

MFA, Transart Institute, Berlin, Accredited by DUK, Krems, Austria.

Teaching / Art Education Experience:
2002 - present Assistant Professor, School of Visual Arts & Design, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan.
2004 - present Member, Board of Studies, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.
2004 - present Member, Academic Council, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.
2001 - present Visual Arts Examiner, International Baccalaur'ate, The International School, Karachi.
1996-2002 Instructor, A’ Level Art, The Lyceum School, Karachi.
2012 Abraaj Group Art Prize
Solo Exhibitions:
2011 Twilight, Project 88, Mumbai, India.
2010 Crystal Palace and Other Follies, Rohtas Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan.
2009 High Rise, Elementa Gallery, Dubai, UAE.
2008 Arabian Delight, Rohtas Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan.
Upcoming Exhibitions:
2013 Abraaj Group Art Prize, Art Dubai, UAE.

A Beautiful Life, Sining Makiling Gallery, University of the Philippines, Los Banos.

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2013 Salaam Bombay: Beauty and Chaos in the Urban Environment, Twelve Gates Gallery, Philadelphia, USA.
2012 Frieze Art Fair, London, Project 88.

Hong Kong International Art Fair, Project 88, Mumbai. A Beautiful Life, Creative Hinkley (Hinkley, UK)

A Beautiful Life, The Pier-2 Art District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


A beautiful Life,South Hill Park, Bracknell, UK.

Studio Dispatches, Art Dubai, UAE

2010 HK International Art Fair, Project 88.

Failure to Yield, ConcentArt, Berlin, Germany.

The Rising Tide, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, Pakistan.

Reprise, Aicon Gallery, New York, USA.

Form and Phenomenon, Project 88, Mumbai, India.

As The Land Expands, Al Riwaq Art Space, Adliya, Kingdom of Bahrain.

Home and the World, Aicon Gallery, New York, USA.

Where Three Dreams Cross, 150 Year of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Whitechapel Gallery, London, in January 2010 and tour to the Fotomuseum Winterthur in June 2010.

The Empire Strikes Back, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK.

2009 Ressemble Reassemble, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India.

Hanging Fire:, Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia Society Museum, New York, USA.

Art Dubai 2009, Galerie 88 FZCO, B10, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Shanakht Project, The Arts Council, Karachi, Pakistan.

High Rise:, Elementa Gallery, Dubai, UAE.

2008 15-An IVS Alumni Collective, Indus Valley School Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan.

6 Degrees of Separation: Chaos or congruence, Anant Gallery, New Delhi, India.

Farewell to Post Colonialism, Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, China.

Desperately Seeking Paradise, Pakistan Pavillion, ART DUBAI, UAE.

Arabian Delight, Rohtas Gallery, Lahore.

2007 Take Away, Zahoor-ul-Akhlaque Gallery, National College of Art, Lahore.

Outside the Cube, National Art Gallery, Islamabad.

Love, National Art Gallery, Islamabad.

Moving Ahead: Sculpture in Pakistan, National Art Gallery, Islamabad.

Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA.

Destination Asia: Non-strict correspondence, by Indian and Pakistani artists,Soros Center for Contemporary Art-Almaty, Kazikhistan.

2006 256 Shades, V.M. Art Gallery, Karachi.

Sub-Contingent: the Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art, Fondazionne Sandretto Re Rauburg, Torino, Italy.

Flights of Fancy, Royaat Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan.

2005 Something Purple: Media Art from Pakistan, Hongkong.

ScopeLondon, London, UK.

Beyond Borders, Art from Pakistan, NGMA, Mumbai, India.

Sirf Tum, Rohtas Gallery, Lahore.

2004 Along the X Axis, Exhibition of Digital Art, Delhi, India.
2003 Darmiyan Exhibition, Nehr Ghar, Lahore, Pakistan.

Open Studios, UpRiver Workshop, Lijiang, China.

2002 Aar Paar II, Mumbai, India.

The Brewster Project, Brewster, NY.

2001 Group Show :6 Pakistani artists, Jay Grimm Gallery, New York, USA.

Open Studios, Gasworks, London, UK.

2000 Diversity and Direction: Contemporary Art of the 90’s, Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi.

Pakistan: Another Vision, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London, UK.

1999 Cityscapes, Galerie Sadequain, Frere Hall, Karachi.

Urban Voices 111, Sheraton Hotel, Karachi.

1998 Karachi Contemporaries: Part 1, A.N. Gallery, Karachi.
1997 High, Low, and In-between, A.N. Gallery, Karachi.
Curatorial Projects, Workshops & Residencies Facilitation:
2008 Facilitator, Vasl Lahore Artists Residency, Lahore.
2006 Facilitator “13 Satellites of Lahore”, a public art project with art students.

Curatorial Team for National Art Gallery of Modern Art, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Co-ordinator, Vasl Residency Lahore April 2006.

2000- 2002 Co-ordinated “Aar Paar” 1, 11, 111 with Shilpa Gupta (Mumbai); an exchange of art between artists from India and Pakistan, sited in public spaces in Mumbai and Karachi.
2001 Working Group, Vasl International Artists Workshop, held at Karachi, January 12-29, 2001.
2000 As part of a group, conceived and installed an interactive artwork for the Pakistan Peace Coalition conference. 160 6” x 4” tiles made by citizens of Karachi were exhibited at Metropole Hotel, Karachi.
1999 Co-curated “Cityscapes” an exhibition of Contemporary Art, and recitals of contemporary poetry and literature, Sadequain Gallery, Frere Hall, Karachi.
Selected Workshops & Residencies:
September 2003

Darmiyaan Artists Workshop, Lahore , Pakistan.

2001 - 2002 "Contemporary Asian Artists Initiative”, CAAI, a forum to encourage regional dialogue, and make an accessible network for Art practitioners in Asia/South Asia. New Delhi, India.
2001 Artist in Residence, Gasworks Studios, London, UK.
1999 Khoj International Artists Workshop (Triangle Arts Fund) Modinagar / New Delhi, India.
Other Professional Experience:
2002 “Zero Down Payment”, presented at Mapping South Asian Art, Shisha, Manchester, UK. Essay published by Cornerhouse, UK in Mapping ArtSouthAsia: A Visual and Cultural Dialogue between Britain and South Asia, 2006.
2001 “Popular Culture & Art”, presented as part of the exhibition, Pakistan: Another Vision, SOAS, London, UK.
2001 Juror, National College of Arts, Lahore.
2000 - Present Juror, National College of Arts, Lahore.
2000 - Present Diploma Examiner, International Baccalaureate System, Karachi, Pakistan.
1997 Researched and compiled data on Pakistani artists for a CD-ROM production of “50 years of Art Retrospective”, Enabling Technologies and Solutions Unlimited, Karachi.
1996 Associate Editor, The Artists newsletter Pakistan.
Exhibition Catalogues and Book:
2013 (Upcoming) Noyce, Richard. Ed. Printmaking off the Beaten Track, UK.

Vali, Murtaza, Ed. Extra-Ordinary, Catalogue for Abraaj Group Art Prize 2013, Dubai, UAE

Baler, Pablo. The Next Thing: Art in the Twenty-first Century. Rowman Littlefield Publishers with Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, USA

2010 Khan, Naiza H., ed. The Rising Tide: New Directions in Art From Pakistan, 1990-2010. Karachi: Mohatta Palace Museum.

Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan & Bangladesh, Göttingen: Steidl; London: Whitechapel Gallery; Winterthur: Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Rana, Rashid, ed. Resemble/Reassemble. New Delhi: Devi Art Foundation.

Sullivan, Graeme. Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in Visual Arts. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

2009 Holborn, Mark, ed. The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today. London: Jonathan Cape in association with Saatchi Gallery.

Hashmi, Salima, ed. Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art From Pakistan. New York: Asia Society Museum; New Haven: Yale University Press.

Chiu, Melissa and Genocchio, Benjamin. Asian Art Now, 2010.

Malik, Maha. High Rise, Elementa Gallery, Dubai, UAE.

2008 Gao, Shiming, Sarat Maharaj and Tsongzung Chang, eds. The Third Guangzhou Triennial: Farewell to Post-Colonialism. Guangzhou: China Academy of Art Press.

Tuqan, Salma, ed. Desperately Seeking Paradise. Dubai: Art Dubai.

2007 Dalmia, Yashodhara, and Salima Hashmi. Memory, Metaphor, Mutations: Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
2006 Bonacossa, Ilaria and Francesco Manacorda, ed. SubContingent: The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art. Florence: Electa; Turin: Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.
2005 Doshi, Saryu and Quddus Mirza, eds. Beyond Borders: Art from Pakistan. Mumbai: Young Presidents' Organization.
2002 Hashmi, Salima. Unveiling the Visible: Lives and Works of Women Artists of Pakistan. Islamabad: ActionAid Pakistan.
2000 Wilcox, Timothy, ed. Pakistan: Another Vision. London: Arts & The Islamic World (UK) Ltd.
Selected Biography:
2012 Subramanyam, Aishwarya, and Anam Mansuri, Another Pakistan, Vogue India (September): 236-247.

Hashmi, Salima. "Sinful Women": Women Artists from Pakistan." n.paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal 29 (January): 90-95.

Murray, Rachel. "Huma Mulji's Suspenion in Twilight." Interface,

Cawkwell, Chris. "Huma Mulji Twilight." Chris Cawkwell Blog, January 14,

2011 Cheng, Enoch and Phoebe Wong. Interview with Huma Mulji,"Diaaalogue, April,

Editors. "Art Night Thursday Returns Tonight."Mumbai Boss, November 10,

Nagree, Zeenat."City Light".Time Out Mumbai, October 28-November 10: 82.

2010 Ali, Atteqa,"The Crystal Palace." NuktaArt 5, no. 2 (October).

Mirza, Quddus. "The Rise of the Sentimentalised Cityscape." Art India 15, no. 3 (September): 45-47.

Malik, Maha. "Mirror, mirror." The Express Tribune, May 23.

Vali, Murtaza. "A Deferral of Judgement: Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art From Pakistan/Asia Society." NuktaArt 5 no. 1 (May): 38-40.

2009 Melwani, Lavina. "Pakistani Art from the Heart." Lassi with Lavina, December 2,

Cotter, Holland. "Activist Energy With a Light Touch." New York Times, October 2: C25.

Wolff, Sarah. "Burning Down The (Art) House.", September 15,

Kennedy, Randy. "Contradiction Remains Vital to Pakistan and Its Art,"New York Times, September 3: C1.

Mohammed, Arsalan. "Huma Mulji." Khaleej Times, 2009

Hashmi, Salima. "Contrary Signs: A New Generation of Artists from Pakistan."Flash Art 42, no. 265 (March/April): 76-78.

Korp, Maureen. "Half Lives."The Friday Times, March 13-19: 16-17.

Bukhari, Munir. "Artistswork: Two in Two." DAWN Images, March 8,

Grove, Valerie. "Huma Mulji: High Rise."Nafas Art Magazine, March,

Mirza, Quddus. "As Unpredictable as Art."The News, February 22: 36.

Qureshi, Mariam. "Of Cows, Trees and Archives" Daily Times, February 18,

Genocchio, Benjamin. "Pakistan Report: On the Verge." Art in America 97, no. 1 (January): 59-62.

Dhar,Jyoti. Chinar Tree, 2009

2008 Ali, Salwat. "Darlings of the Desert." Newsline, April 1,

Kazi, Ambreen Noon. "Oasis of art in the desert." The Friday Times, March 28-April 3: 16-.

Aspden, Peter. "Polemic and "Paradise" in the Pakistan Pavillion." Financial Times, 22/23 March: 9.

Vali, Murtaza. "Salima Hashmi: Paradise Found and Lost." ArtAsiaPacific 57 (March/April): 106-109.

Mirza, Quddus. "Show Me the Money." Art India 13, no. 1 (March): 56-59.

Sheth, Samira. "Creative Commerce." Art India 13, no. 1 (March): 70.

Singh, Devika. "Whose Paradise is it Anyway?" Art India 13, no. 1 (March): 68-69.

Noorani, Asif. "Pakistan Art 11: All Set to Conquer Dubai." DAWN Gallery, March 15, 2008,

Usman, Ali. "Arabian Delights enthral art enthusiasts." Daily Times, February 29,

2004 Sambrani, Chaitanya. "Printing Across Borders: The Aar-Paar Project." Art Monthly Australia 171 (July): 12-15.
2003 Sinha, Gayatri."Across the Border: A Dialogue with Naazish Ata-Ullah." n.paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal 11 (January): 80-87.
1999 Mirza, Quddus. "A Particular Language: Contemporary Artists of Pakistan." ART AsiaPacific 24 (Winter).