Panel on Zarina: Dark Roads

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.

On the occasion of the exhibition Zarina: Dark Roads, we presented a panel discussion on the life and work of the prolific Zarina Hashmi, the 2017-18 Artist-in-Residence at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Organized around the exhibition thematics, with special attention to the cities (including Aligarh, New York, Paris, and Delhi) that the artist has called home, this panel began with a presentation of personal photographs and reflections from Zarina. Historian Vazira Zamindar (Brown University) discussed the cartographic line in Zarina’s work, and its relation to histories of displacement, refuge and exile, as well as the very conditions of memory in a divided South Asia. Art historian and independent curator Sadia Shirazi (Cornell University) situated Zarina’s work within an art historical context. She considers Zarina’s work sculpturally, as a bridge between Delhi and the New York feminist art scene, and comments on the ways in which the events leading up to 9/11 influenced the artist and raised new questions around home, belonging, and citizenship. Award-winning investigative journalist, documentary filmmaker, and writer Anjali Kamat (Brooklyn College) examined Zarina’s explorations of global crises—including the war in Syria, the persecution of the Rohingya people, and the bombing of Afghanistan and Gaza—to think through questions of migration, statelessness, and struggles for justice.

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