Connected \\ February 5, 2021
PEMcast 20: Just breathe
Zarah Hussain, Air I, 2020. Acrylic on cotton paper. Photo by Zarah Hussain.
We kick off PEM’s new Being Well initiative with interviews with Hussain and a woman whose 2020 birth experience provided inspiration for an immersive animation in the exhibition.
Photo by Stephanie Tung
“If there are any good takeaways from this pandemic, and the forced lockdown we've had, it’s to be grateful for your health and be aware of how fragile it is,” says Hussain.
Zarah Hussain. Photo by Navid Akhtar
We speak with Siddhartha Shah, PEM’s Curator of South Asian Art, who brought Hussain’s exhibition to PEM. Shah will be leading the museum’s new wellness initiative, drawing an obvious connection between art and wellness, in his newly expanded role as PEM’s new Director of Education and Civic Engagement.
“I think that is how I ended up becoming an art historian, because of the wellness I got from looking at art,” says Shah.
And I think I'm not the only one in the world that has found healing through art.