Hamra Abbas is a leading visual artist from Lahore, Pakistan, known for continuous experimentation with form, material, and meaning in her work. Abbas’ engagement with devotional iconography and architecture from South Asia lies in her ability to masterfully employ, reinvent, and re-contextualize cultural practice for the present time. Her interpretative method thus entails a strong performative dimension. Living away from home in different cities for almost 15 years—Berlin, Islamabad, New York, Boston—gave her a nomadic perspective on things; much of her practice has been a response to those diverse landscapes, encounters, and experiences. The return to Lahore after a long hiatus has provoked her to rediscover the familiar or the ordinary through a new kind of seeing, which has greatly influenced her current work

Selected Works