Weaving Darkness and Silence
February 2 – March 3, 2018
Preview – Friday, February 2, 2018, 6 to 9 pm, at Gallery Espace, New Delhi.
Gallery Espace presents Weaving Darkness and Silence, a solo exhibit by New York based artist Zarina Hashmi.
Zarina Hashmi (b.1937) expressively chronicles her life and its recurring themes include home, displacement, borders, journey and memory. Her marriage to an Indian diplomat in 1958 facilitated her travel between cities, countries and continents which in turn influenced her work consisting of diagrams and maps that embody the memory of a place or atmosphere. Her large corpus of wood-block prints, wall installations and paper cast pieces connect the places she has visited or lived in.
Primarily a printmaker, Zarina’s favourite medium is paper. She studied wood block printing in Japan in 1974 and the influence of the profound monochromatic minimalist Zen aesthetic resonates in her work. Years of studying with S.W. Hayter at the Atelier-17 in Paris followed by woodblock printmaking in Thailand, and then in the studio of Toshi Yoshida in Tokyo, resulted in the perfection of her craft. She has used various mediums of printmaking including intaglio, woodblocks, lithography and silkscreen. She frequently creates series of several prints in order to reference a multiplicity of locales or concepts. Each subject is inscribed in Urdu beneath the print to signify the vital role language plays in her work, as well as to pay homage to a mother tongue in decline. Ground plan of houses she has lived in and left over the years, maps of the countries she has passed through, letters written to her by a sister deeply affected by the absence of her kin are the visual sources that plot the narrative fabric of Zarina’s experience and engender an exploration of themes that resonate universally as well.
Weaving Darkness and Silence
Zarina’s preoccupation with architecture finds itself rendered anew in this exhibition. The works display her characteristic ability to distill emotion down to its most essential, expressive forms. Forms that are invested in materiality and hapticity, that do not shy away from embellishment and ornament despite their spareness. The representational language of the architectural plan that is characteristic of Zarina’s earlier work from the mid 1990s plays out in a series of visually dynamic line collages of floor plans.
… Patterns arise in these pieces as a result of a series of operations the artist employs—rotation, repetition, mirroring, layering, and weaving. The collages feel improvisational, geometries are forgiving and seams are imperfect.
(Excerpts taken from the exhibition essay by Sadia Shirazi)
About Gallery Espace
Gallery Espace was established in the year 1989 in New Delhi (India), by opening its doors with an exhibition of autobiographical works by legendary artist M F Husain. Primarily built around the artistic vision of its Founder/Director, Renu Modi, over the past 28 years, Espace has worked with an inter-disciplinary approach, which is visible in the dynamic exhibitions/projects undertaken along with the diverse list of artists represented, which include a few names like: Zarina Hashmi, Nilima Sheikh, Amit Ambalal, Manjunath Kamath, G R Iranna, Ravi Agarwal, Chitra Ganesh, Chintan Upadhyay, Waswo X Waswo with R. Vijay, Manisha Gera Baswani, Abir Karmakar, Dilip Chobisa and Samit Das. Uninhibited by preconceived notions and art movements from the past, Espace has to its credit curated exhibitions, probably some of the first in the Indian art scene. Taking this practice forward, Espace also has embarked on cross-cultural artistic exchanges with artists from South Asian countries in the recent past. Espace continuously aims to foster relationships with institutions and artists bringing about active discourses around art, scholarship and business partnerships.
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Ms. Darpana Capoor
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