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Signed, dated and numbered ‘Zarina 70 / 1/10’ (lower edge)
Edition 1 of 10

Catalogue Note: The edition number is 1 of 10 and not 6 of 10 as mentioned in the print catalogue and as shown in the image.

Bodhi Art, Singapore

Paper with its seemingly fragile surface supports Zarina Hashmi's manipulations and bears her most vital messages. She build images from within the paper itself, incisively and palpably manipulating the material, scratching, perforating and folding it to express herself in line and abstract form. Influenced by the profound aesthetic from Japan, Zarina employs a monochromatic minimalist style yet managed to remain resolutely rooted in Indo-Persian tradition.

The purity of her work lies in the austerity and starkness in her articulation, while her technique lies in the restraint. Shorn of clutter, chaos and ornamentation, she is one of the rare and odd artists emanating from the Indian subcontinent focusing on the abstraction rather than the figurative.

Zarina Hashmi

(1937 - 2020)
Born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, in 1937, Zarina Hashmi received a Bachelor’s degree in Science with Honours from Aligarh Muslim University in 1958, before she turned to the study of print making in India and abroad. Between 1963 and 67 she studied printmaking with S.W. Hayter and Krishna Reddy at Atelier 17, Paris, and in 1974, studied woodblock printing at Toshi Yoshido’s studio in Tokyo on a Japan Foundation Fellowship. Her solo shows and retrospectives include ‘Zarina Paper Like Skin’ at the Chicago Art Institute, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, in 2012-13; ‘Noor’ at Galerie Jaeger Boucher, Paris, in 2011; ‘Recent Works’ and ‘Kagaz Ke Ghar’ at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, in 2011 and 2007 respectively; ‘The Ten Thousand Things’ at Luhring Augustine, New York, in 2009; ‘Weaving Memory 1990-2006’ at Bodhi Art, Mumbai, in 2007; ‘Silent Soliloquy’ at Bodhi Art, Singapore, in 2006; ‘Counting 1977-2005’ Bose Pacia, New York in 2005; ‘Cities Countries and Borders’ at Chemould Gallery, Mumbai, and Chawkandi Gallery, Karachi, in 2004; and ‘House with Four Walls’ at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, in 1992. In addition, her work has been featured in several group shows and is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. Hashmi has been awarded residencies at Art-Omi and at the Women’s Studio Workshop, both in New York, where she eventually settled. In 1985 and in 1990 Hashmi was awarded the New York Fine Art Fellowship in the printmaking category. In addition Hashmi has taught at Bennington College, Cornell University and the University of California in Santa Cruz. She passed away on the 25th of April 2020 in London at the age of 82.