Heartwood: The Art of Humaira Abid

Humaira Abid creates wooden sculptures in exquisite detail. Her extensive body of work reflects on the experiences of womanhood. Abid studied miniature painting and sculpture at the National College or Arts (NCA) in Lahore, Pakistan. The institute has produced some of Pakistan's best known artists. Abid created her 'Red' series after she had multiple miscarriages. She learned how difficult it was for women to speak about the traumatic experience. But Abid wanted to talk about it, so she did in the way she knew best — through art. Humaira Abid's work has been shown in exhibitions around the world.

  • Laila Kazmi
  • Laila Kazmi
  • Laila Kazmi
  • Aileen Imperial
  • Humaira Abid
    Key Cast
  • Aileen Imperial
    Photographer & Editor
  • Greg Davis
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Television
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 9, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • 2014 South Asian International Documentary Festival
    Seattle, WA
    June 29, 2014
    May 12, 2014
  • KCTS 9 Television
    Seattle, WA
    May 15, 2014
    May 12, 2014
    Nominated for 2015 NW Emmy Awards
  • KCTS9.org
  • PBS NewsHour Art Beat Online
Director Biography - Laila Kazmi

Laila Kazmi is a Seattle-based producer and writer. Her stories have appeared on KCTS 9 television, Seattle's PBS station. Her articles have been published in PBS NewsHour, The Seattle Times, COLORLINES, and Pakistan's daily Dawn. Laila has lived in Seattle, Chicago, Bahrain, and Karachi (Pakistan). She is currently a senior producer at KCTS 9, Seattle's PBS television station.

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Director Statement

Humaira Abid's exquisite wooden sculptures speak boldly to the experiences of women. I am thankful to Abid for allowing us to tell her story.