Zarina Hashmi speaks directly to the ongoing impact of the upheavals resulting from Partition.
Zarina Hashmi’s work that imagines “home” as an idea we carry with us sets the tone for the Institute of Arab and Islamic Art’s first exhibition in New York.
Zarina’s prints, created with woodcuts on handmade Indian paper, bring to mind for me worn-down maps. That comparison makes sense given the artist’s own meandering background; Zarina Hashmi (her full name) was born in Aligarh, India, and learned her craft in Bangkok, Paris, and Tokyo before settling in New York. In association with her ongoing retrospective, the artist will talk about her wide-ranging aesthetic vocabulary at the Guggenheim on Friday, March 1 at 6:30 PM, with a viewing and reception to follow..
In 2011, India moved from the classification of “developing” country to that of being a “newly industrialized.” This upgrade was made along Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Philippines, Brazil and China, all of which have economies showing promise towards becoming “developed.” Perhaps as a salute to this increase of stature, India had its first pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale with an exhibition curated by Ranjit Hoskote aptly titled, Everyone Agrees: It’s About to Explode.