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Zarina Hashmi
(1937 - 2020)

Road Lines

“My work is not about the medium—it is about a concept. I begin with the word, not the image.”

Zarina Hashmi, who preferred to be known as simply ‘Zarina’, bore witness to the harrowing events of the Partition of India at a tender age of 10. This deeply impactful experience kindled within her a profound fascination with the intricate politics of home, space, and migration-themes that would come to define her...

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Zarina Hashmi
Road Lines

Signed and dated 'Zarina 96' (lower right); inscribed 'Road Lines I-IV' (lower centre) and '32/35' (lower left)
Portfolio of 4 etchings and an Urdu couplet by Allama Muhammad Iqbal; Etchings printed in black on Arches Cover
buff paper and chine collé on Nepalese handmade paper; text printed on buff paper
Print size: 6 x 4 in (15 x 10.5 cm) (each)
Sheet size: 10 x 8.7 in (25.5 x 20.5 cm) (each)

Thirty-second from a limited edition of thirty-five, plus two artist's proof

Private Collection, New Delhi

Mapping a Life: 1991 – 2001, Oakland: Mills College Art Museum, 4 November - 21 December 2001 (another from the edition)
Weaving Memory: 1990 – 2006, Mumbai: Bodhi Art, 2007 (another from the edition)
Zarina: Paper Like Skin, Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 30 September - 30 December 2012; New York: Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, 25 January - 21 April 2013; Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 26 June - 22 September 2013 (another from the edition)
The Location of Lines, Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 29 August 2020 – 21 February 2021 (another from the edition)

Roobina Karode, “Mapping a Life: Veiled in Poetry and Geometry”, Zarina-Mapping a Life: 1991 – 2001, Oakland: Mills College Art Museum, 2001, p. 37 (Road Lines IV; illustrated, another from the edition)
Sharmistha Ray, Zarina-Weaving Memory: 1990 – 2006, Mumbai: Bodhi Art, 2007 (illustrated, another from the edition)
Allegra Pesenti, Zarina: Paper Like Skin, California: Hammer Museum and DelMonico Books, 2012, p. 28 (Road Lines I; illustrated, detail), p. 95 (Road Lines I; illustrated); and pp. 96 – 97 (Road Lines II, Road Lines III, Road Lines IV; illustrated, another from the edition)

Category: Print Making
Style: Abstract


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