Heartwood: The Art of Humaira Abid


Produced by Laila Kazmi, this story was nominated for 2015 Northwest Emmy Awards.

In 2014, I got to know a remarkable Pakistani-American artist living in Seattle. After reading about her work in a local magazine, I went to meet her and see her work. I found her work to be courageous, created with genuine hard work, rooted in her experience as a woman, and challenging the intercultural, societal norms about what women are supposed to feel and what women are supposed to talk about or not talk about. I went on to produce a short documentary on her, teaming up with a couple of colleagues.

The artist is Humaira Abid and I am so excited for her first American solo exhibit which opened just opened at the prestigious Bellevue Arts Museum. Congratulations, Humaira!

Our short documentary about her work was nominated for a 2015 NW Emmy® Award. The short aired on Seattle’s PBS television station KCTS 9 as part of the arts and culture show PIE. It also streamed on PBS NewsHour and screened at Tasveer’s South Asian International Documentary festival and the Portland Film Festival.

Sculpture by Pakistani-American artist Humaira Abid.

Humaira Abid’s solo exhibit featuring her new work is on display at BAM from now till March 2018.