Selected works by Huma Mulji

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.

Other Resources
Additional images and information – Huma Mulji
The artist’s own website, selected works and biographical information
Huma Mulji's work addresses issues of cultural difference and sameness. She views travel as a temporary negotiation with another way of life, one which can provide a means of escape from the restricting conventions of the place where one belongs.
Vasl Art - International Artist’s Collective – profile for Huma Mulji
Photographer Huma Mulji sculptor/mixed media artist Naiza Khan both consider feministic themes with an innate ability to connect their work to their chosen material. Mulji takes up specifically American cliches in a collection of c-prints in which Ken and Barbie hide behind dumpsters, relax at the public market and hold hands in the park.
Subcontingent, The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art is a group show investigating the notion of the Indian Subcontinent (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Maldives) through the work of 26 artists.
Information on Huma Mulji in “Contemporary Art from Pakistan” at Thomas Erben gallery New York 2007.
Thomas Erben is pleased to present "Contemporary Art from Pakistan", a cohesive and nuanced look into the current Pakistani art scene which is beginning to garner wider international recognition. Composed of both emerging, established and historical artists working in a full spectrum of media and intents, this exhibition makes legible the interconnectedness of the visual arts to the 'real world'.