Who is Zarina Hashmi?

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Zarina Hashmi, also known as Zarina, was an Indian-born American artist. She was born on July 16, 1937, in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India, and passed away on April 25, 2020, in London, United Kingdom.

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Zarina was known for her minimalist and abstract works that often incorporated elements of maps, calligraphy, and personal memories.

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Zarina's art was deeply influenced by her experiences of displacement and loss. She was forced to leave India during the partition in 1947, which resulted in the division of British India into India and Pakistan.

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This event had a profound impact on her artistic expression and themes. Zarina's works often explored the concepts of home, belonging, borders, and memory.

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Her art practice primarily focused on printmaking, using materials such as paper, wood, and metal.

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She utilized a restrained color palette and clean lines to create compositions that evoked a sense of simplicity and contemplation. Zarina's work often conveyed a sense of personal and cultural identity, combining a delicate aesthetic with powerful narratives.

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Zarina's contributions to the art world were widely recognized and appreciated.

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Her artworks have been exhibited in major museums and galleries around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the British Museum in London, and the National Gallery of Art in New Delhi.

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Throughout her career, Zarina received numerous awards and honors for her artistic achievements.

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She was also an influential figure for younger generations of artists, particularly those interested in exploring themes of identity, displacement, and the intersection of art and memory.