Zarina Hashmi, commonly known as Zarina, was born in 1937 in a Muslim family from Northern India. She married an Indian officer working for international diplomatic organizations and travelled to cities, countries and continents that forever imprinted her work of a sophisticated fabric of diagrams and maps embodying the memory of a place, of an event, the memory of an atmosphere or of an experienced instant. At the crossroads of paths between architecture, sculpture, and xylography, her numerous engravings on wood, mural installations or casts sculpted in paper pulp accompany her journey in connecting the innumerable cities she visited. Paper is at the center of Zarina’s artistic creation. Her art is at the same time contained in its minimalistic character and rich in the tactile quality of the materials and its dense signification. This work is like a poignant chronicle of her life and recurring themes include home, displacement, borders, journey and memory with a constant reference to the notion of dislocation and cosmopolitanism. All these works are the expressions of a personal atlas, vast and multiple paths across continents and civilizations.

Zarina Hashmi’s work is included in major international institutions such as the MoMA, the Whitney and the Metropolitan Museums in New York. In 2011, the gallery presented her first solo show in Paris, entitled “Noor”, with a selection of works on paper, recent installations and early cast paper sculptures from the 80s. In 2012, the Hammer Museum hosted a major retrospective. Entitled “Zarina: Paper Like Skin”, the show then traveled to the Guggenheim, New York and the Chicago Art Institute. An exhibition catalogue was published with reproduction of nearly 60 works from 1961 to the present.

In 2016, a personal exhibition is dedicated to the artist in the gallery’s Marais space, entitled “Life Lines”.

In 2017, Zarina Hashmi is presented in the “Popcorn exhibition: design, art and cinema”, at the Museum of modern and contemporary art in Saint-Etienne, as part of the biennial design.

Zarina Hashmi, A Child’s Boat for Aylan and Ghalib, 2015
Edition of 3

Collage with Kanazawa paper et BFK light paper printed with black ink
mounted on Arches Cover buff paper
8,5 × 18 in
Zarina Hashmi, Untitled, 2015
Collage with gold leaf and BFK light paper printed with black ink, mounted on Arches Cover buff paper
14,57 × 14,37 in
Zarina Hashmi, Untitled, 2016
Collage with pewter leaf and Arches black paper, mounted on BFK light paper printed with black ink
23,62 × 22,05 in
Zarina Hashmi, Shattering Sky I, 2015
Collage with pewter leaf and BFK light paper stained, mounted on Somerset Antique paper
26,97 × 24,41 in
Zarina Hashmi, Blinding Light, 2010
Cut Okawara paper gilded with 22-carat gold leaf
73 × 39,5 in
Photograph by Georges Poncet
Zarina Hashmi, Blue Night, 2012
Arches cover black paper covered with pewter leaf
44 × 28,3 in
Photograph by Georges Poncet
Zarina Hashmi, City of Light and Darkness, 2010
Mosaic of silk-screened paper collaged on Arches cover white paper
26,7 × 27,5 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Zarina Hashmi, Dark Nights, 2010
Set of 3 works on paper

Laminated BFK white paper pierced with iron needle, dyed with Sumi ink and mounted on Arches cover buff paper
21 × 21 in each
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Zarina Hashmi, Home is a Foreign Place, 1997
Edition of 25

36 woodcuts with Urdu text printed in black on handmade Indian paper, mounted on Somerset paper
105 × 87 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Zarina Hashmi, Lotus, 1982
Edition of 3

Cast paper
23 × 29 × 5 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Zarina Hashmi, Spaces to Hide, 1980
Edition of 15

Cast paper
29 × 29 × 1,3 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Zarina Hashmi, Spinning House, 2013
Edition of 2

Collage with pewter leaf and gold pencil mounted on Somerset Cream paper
32,5 × 23,5 in
Photograph by Georges Poncet
Zarina Hashmi, The Ten Thousand Things, 2009-2010
Set of 100 collages mounted on Somerset white paper
9 × 6 in (each collage)
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Zarina Hashmi, Cities I Called Home, 2010
Set of 5 woodcuts, edition of 25

Aligarh-Bangkok-New Delhi-Paris-New York
Woodblocks printed in black aon handmade nepalese paper mounted on Arches cover buff paper
26 × 20 in (each woodcut)
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Zarina Hashmi, Faded Routes, 2012
Collage with strips of pewter leaf covered etching
44,5 × 28,5 in