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’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 traveled to the Guggenheim, New York and the Chicago Art Institute. An exhibition catalogue was published with illustrationsof nearly 60 works from 1961 to the present.
In 2016, the gallery organizes the solo show entitled Life Lines.
On the occasion of the exhibition We Refugees at the Badischer Kunstverein in Germany, the gallery lends two recent works entitled A Child’s Boat for Aylan and Ghaliband Sinking Boat with a Heartbeat.
That same year Zarina’s works are presented at the art fairs Art Dubai and Drawing Now.
In 2017, the gallery presents Zarina’s works at the exhibition Le Féminin Demeure, devoted to women artists of the gallery.
Zarina is presented in the exhibition Popcorn: design, art and cinema at the Museum of modern and contemporary art in Saint-Etienne, as part of the biennial of design.
For the exhibition The Restless Earth at the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, La Triennale di Milano in Italy, the gallery lends the work Home is a Foreign Place.
In 2018, the gallery lent the work These Cities Blotted into the Wilderness which is presented in the exhibition Inhabiting the Mediterranean, at the Institut Valencià d’art Modern in Valencia, Spain.
In 2019, two works by Zarina were selected forthe exhibition Homelands – Art from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge in the United Kingdom.