Signed, titled 'Afternoon' & 'Hot Breeze', dated and numbered 'Zarina '99' (lower edge) each
2 woodcuts with Urdu text printed in black
Edition 4 of 22
(Lot Note: From a set of 36 woodcut prints titled 'Home is a Foreign Place')
The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
Private collection, Dubai
Zarina Hashmi has always engaged with the politics of space and its crossings. Mirroring her own extensive travels and the multiple meanings that the word ‘home’ has for her, Hashmi’s work challenges familiar locations like ‘country’, the ways in which they are bordered, delimited and traversed, and the feelings and memories that they evoke in us. Her minimalist prints use these locations to construct new geographies, imbuing them with fresh perspectives and new, universal meanings.
The current lot, which is from a set of 36 wood cut prints entitled "Home is a Foreign Place" (1999), is the artist's exploration of the universal nature of home and of an individual's sense of place in the world. She explores the metaphors of home and raises questions of meaning, stability, endurance, mobility and the ephemeral concept of the nature of home. The co-existence of calligraphy and geometric symbols in her work is her way of lending personal presence to an otherwise abstract image. Zarina inscribed texts in Urdu, giving clues to the viewers and allowing them to share her sensibility, reflecting how she views home which was once familiar but no longer.