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Rummana Hussain (1952 – 1999) was an artist and one of the pioneers of conceptual art, installation, and politically-engaged art in India.

In response to the communal violence in Ayodhya in 1992, as well as to Rummana’s sudden exposure to ideological assault as a Muslim, Hussain’s art not only became more explicitly political as well as personal, but it moved away from traditional media towards installation, video, photography, and mixed-media work.

Rummana Hussain’s installation ‘Space for Healing’ attempts to forge an acceptable future out of a difficult past, by creating a metaphoric healing space that is a ‘hospital’ for the body and a ‘mosque’ for the soul.

‘A Space For Healing’ is a room. Crimson hues wash over hospital stretchers adorned with thin brocade, arranged in columns on the floor. They contain medical tubes in varnished dull gold. A male voice hums in the background, in what seems like an incantation of medical procedures. On the walls, spears, knives and sickles are arranged in such a way that they resemble Urdu letters and seem to form literal compositions, but are actually functions of design. This installation was part of the exhibition “In Order To Join: The Political In A Historic Moment ” 2015, at Max Mueller Bhavan gallery at Kalaghoda Mumbai.
Rummana Hussain - A Space for Healing

Rummana Hussain – A Space for Healing