17.09.2016 — 05.11.2016

Life Lines


Marais Space

The work of the artist, born in India in 1937 and referred to as Zarina, is made 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, whether it be sonic, visual, olfactory, or emotional. It is an echo of the life of the artist, whose journey is both personal and familial – she accompanies her husband in his diplomatic missions all around the world – as well as social and political, in her numerous travels to cities, countries and continents. Her trips allow her to follow the teachings of great masters of engraving like Toshi Yoshida in Japan and Stanley Hayter in the Atelier 17 in Paris. Zarina works mostly on wood engraving, with papers coming from all around the world; she maps out, during her stays in these countries, multiple political conflicts and their collateral effects: the partition of India when she was 10 years old; the progressive loss of Urdu, her mother tongue; and wars of religion or the alteration of borders, especially that of separated India, which led to the migration of her entire family to Karachi, causing irrevocable nostalgia for the lost land.

Zarina’s work is represented in major public collections in the US, in Europe and in India. Her first exhibition in Paris dates back to 2008 for the inaugural exhibition in our new space, followed in 2011 by her solo exhibition “Noor.” A retrospective traveling exhibition of her work, entitled “Zarina: Paper like Skin,” was presented in the United States in 2012, first at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, then at the Guggenheim in New York and at the Chicago Art Institute.

Zarina, Tied to the Sky I, 2014
Edition of 2

Woodcut printed on BFK light paper collaged with gold leaf and gold thread
mounted on Arches Cover buff paper
15 × 15 in
Zarina, Shattering Sky I, 2015
Collage with pewter leaf and BFK light paper stained, mounted on Somerset Antique paper
26,97 × 24,41 in

practical informations

Marais Space

5 rue de Saintonge
75 003 Paris – France
T +33 1 42 72 60 42
F +33 1 42 72 60 49

opening hours

Tuesday to Friday
from 10 am to 7 pm
On Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm


Saturday, September 17
from 3 to 7 pm