Huma Mulji Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Huma Mulji
Arabian Delight (and details)


Rexine suitcase, taxidermy camel, metal rods, wood, cotton wool, fabric

105 x 144 x 155 cm (Open with lid)

Pakistani born Huma Mulji’s works explore ideas of displacement. Her preoccupation with cultural difference takes her away from India and Pakistan toward the Middle East and other landscapes. This juncture between tradition and the relentless modern thrust across India and Pakistan is where Mulji occupies herself with deliberate humour. Arabian Delight, a taxidermied camel forced into a battered suitcase, addresses ideas of the relocation of cultures. The rather crazed manner in which the collapsed camel is impossibly forced into this suitcase, legs thrown in disarray, is a humorous comment on the perceived ‘Arabisation’ of Pakistan as another Muslim state.

Huma Mulji
Her Suburban Dream (and 2 details)


Mixed media

99 x 330.2 x 76.2

In a similar vein, Mulji’s most recent work titled Her Suburban Dream involves another taxidermied animal shown in an unexpected situation. The concrete water pipe has forced the cow in Her Suburban Dream into an unnatural and somewhat degrading position at the mercy of humanity. These compelling works explore change and disorder in the region and beyond.

Huma Mulji's Biography

Huma Mulji
Born in 1970, Karachi, Pakistan
Lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan


Arabian Delight, Rota Gallery, Lahore


Failure to Yield, ConcentArt, Berlin, Germany.
HK International Art Fair, Project 88, Hall 3, Stand H04 HongKong, China.
Crystal Palace and Other Follies, Rohtas Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
As The Land Expands, Al Riwaq Art Space, Adliya, Kingdom of Bahrain
Home and the World, Aicon Gallery, New York, USA.
The Empire Strikes Back, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Ressemble Reassemble, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India
Hanging Fire: contemporary art from Pakistan, Asia Society, NY, USA.
High Rise, Elementa Gallery, Dubai, UAE.
Shanakht Project, The Arts Council, Karachi.
Going Places, Sameera Raja Gallery, Karachi.
Art Dubai 2009, Gallerie 88 FZCO, B10, Dubai, UAE.
Half-Life, Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq Gallery, NCA, Lahore.

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

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, NAG , 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.

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.

Something Purple: Media Art from Pakistan, Hongkong.
ScopeLondon, London UK.
Beyond Borders, Art from Pakistan, NGMA, Mumbai, India.
Sirf Tum, Rohtas Gallery, Lahore.

Along the X Axis, Exhibition of Digital Art, Delhi, India.

Darmiyan Exhibition, Nehr Ghar, Lahore, Pakistan.
Open Studios, UpRiver Workshop, Lijiang, China.

Aar Paar II, Mumbai, India.
The Brewster Project, Brewster, NY.

Group Show, 6 Pakistani artists, Jay Grimm Gallery, New York, USA.
Open Studios, Gasworks, London, UK.

Diversity and Direction, Contemporary Art of the 90’s, Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi.
Pakistan: Another Vision, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London, UK.

Cityscapes, Galerie Sadequain, Frere Hall, Karachi.
Urban Voices 111, Sheraton Hotel, Karachi.

Karachi Contemporaries: Part 1, A.N. Gallery, Karachi.

High, Low, and In-between, AN Gallery, Karachi