Adventures of the Woman in Black is an upcoming exhibition at Green Cardamom in London, opening next week, featuring new works by Kuwait-born artist Hamra Abbas. The exhibition will include the artist’s vision of the female super-hero as she confronts issues of male perpetrated violence as it relates to the Middle East. The concept of the female super-hero draws attention to the compassionate yet assertive role of woman in the violent world that we live in.
The leading work in the show is a slick, black fiberglass figure, standing over two meters in height in a stoic and monumental form. The work furthers the artist’s interest in appropriating loaded cultural imagery and altering the often iconic forms to reveal new and challenging views that push against traditional values and cultural norms.
Abbas currently lives and works in Islamabad and Boston and works as an Associate Professor at the National College of Arts in Rawalpindi. She has received degrees from Universitat der Kunste, Berlin and National College of Arts, Lahore. Recent exhibitions include New Works at Gallery NCA and a self-titled exhibition at Gallerie Dorothia Konwiarz, Berlin.