zarina: dividing line

Zarina Hashmi, an Indian-born American artist has been working out of NY for the last 30 years. I came across this woodcut while working at the Hammer Museum in 2009, just after it was featured in the 2008/2009 exhibition of

The work sheds light on the artist’s motifs concerning displacement and exile and immediately recalls the meandering form of a border or river: that geographic and oftentimes political boundary. The representation is a simple and yet striking image. Now, four years later,

will be running as the Hammer’s fall exhibition (Sept. – Dec. 2012). The works appropriately deal with issues of identity and history and a profound sense of socia-political awareness.

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