Homes I Made / A Life in Nine Lines, 1997

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Zarina’s early interests in mathematics and Mughal architecture are reflected in this set of nine etchings. The minimalist blueprints trace the artist’s journey from Bangkok to New York, chronicling her literal “homes” as well as her artistic development as she worked in many of the 20th century’s leading avant-garde circles. Still, the theme of displacement pervades her work. At age eleven, Zarina’s family fled her home in Aligarh, India, to Pakistan during the 1947 Partition of India. Well aware of her status as an artist forever “in exile,” Zarina honed strategies of being through a poetic vocabulary of subtle and distinctive means. Here, the portfolio’s cover sheet features a small compass with the directions marked in an elegant nastiliq calligraphy in Urdu, the artists’ mother tongue, and a language (and culture) slowly diminishing in her birthplace of India.

Homes I Made / A Life in Nine Lines
Artist Life
born 1937
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