Exhibition

Zarah Hussain: Breath

On view December 19, 2020 to June 20, 2021

Spiritual traditions around the world have long used the breath as a tool for transformation and awakening. In a series of paintings commissioned by PEM, British artist Zarah Hussain explores the universal sanctity and necessity of breathing. Mining her own reflections and experiences, she integrates the personal stories of members from our community who have, in some way, experienced the physical trauma of losing their breath or its transformative healing power.

Moving through inhalations and exhalations, as well as the silent spaces in between, Hussain’s work — produced in London while the artist was under lockdown due to COVID-19 — utilizes the universal principles of mathematics and geometry to guide us into moments of deep contemplation and stillness. The exhibition also features an animation and soundscape that slows visitors down to activate an awareness of and deeper connection to the breath.

Zarah Hussain: Breath is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum. Jurrien Timmer, Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation, Jennifer and Andrew Borggaard, James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes, Kate and Ford O'Neil, and Henry and Callie Brauer provided generous support. We also recognize the generosity of the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.

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IMAGE ABOVE: Photography by Stefan Lacandler

Press \\ Press Release

Zarah Hussain Turns COVID Lockdown Stories into Meditative Art Focused on Breathing

Events \\ VIRTUAL ART MAKING WORKSHOP

Create Night: Zarah Hussain Virtual Workshop

Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7 pm