“Zarina: Paper Like Skin”

Celina Lee

Headline: Printmaker Zarina Hashmi Finally Gets Her Due at the Guggenheim

Date: 02.13.13

Source: ArtInfo



The article introduces an exhibition, “Zarina: Paper Like Skin”, that is currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum. It briefly touches upon the artist’s background, and how she has arrived to produce a work of nostalgic art. Zarina has lived a nomadic life since her family was forced to migrate to Pakistan from Aligarh, northern India, where she was born and raised. By the late 50s she gets married and travels extensively with her husband, bouncing between Europe and Asia. Zarina, however, loses her partner; and she starts a new journey in New york.

For 35 years and more, she has built intimate relationship with an amenable medium, paper. She explores techniques in printmaking, and producing hand-made papers as her canvas. Then, she thoughtfully brings the journey of her nomadic life on to the papers, as if it is an act of meditation. Zarina tells a complex story of her voyage, people, culture and history through every piece of the papers; she is creating a visual narrative.

The exhibition brought my attention because it carries comparable concept of Lauren’s books. Lauren uses both text and imagery to create what she called a “visual journalism.” Yet, she does not fill every page with texts; there are moments when she simply fills the whole page with an image, letting the visuals speak itself. “Powerful way to use the text is to not use it at all” is what she said, and in many ways I think Zarina’s works correspond to this statement.

There is not a clear definition of what makes Zarin’s work a global issue, but it helps us to see how she has chosen an overlooked material, translated into her own language and communicated with the world through visual art/design.

Link: http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/856534/printmaker-zarina-hashmi-finally-gets-her-due-at-the

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to “Zarina: Paper Like Skin”

  1. Barbara says:

    Celina, Let’s talk about your post in relation to those of Christine, Shauna and Noor. The four of you present points that are related in many ways.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s