IT’S HERE! Directions to my House by Zarina Hashmi with Sarah Burney


Super excited to announce that my latest project, DIRECTIONS TO MY HOUSE, a memoir by the visual artist Zarina Hashmi, is out!

Written by Zarina (& yours truly) and published by NYU’s Asian|Pacific|American Institute, this book chronicles Zarina’s life through a collection of her essays, poems, artworks and personal photographs. Beginning in pre-Partition India, Zarina describes a traditional Muslim home in the small university town of Aligarh, India; the fragrant, enclosed, garden planted by her mother; Partition through the eyes of a ten-year girl; coming of age in Paris in the 1960s; the art communities in the various cities she has called home; and her reflections on claiming New York as a home for the last 40 years.

It’s been such an honor, privilege, and joy to work on this book with Zarina and the wonderful a|p|a team. Fingers crossed I will have it on this site to purchase soon but until then it can be purchased through a|p|a - details here.

Memory is the only lasting possession we have
— Zarina Hashmi

About Zarina
Zarina was born in Aligarh, India in 1937 and currently lives and works in New York. Her work is defined by her adherence to the personal and the essential. While it tends towards minimalism, its starkness is tempered by both texture and materiality. Her art poignantly chronicles her life, and recurring themes include home, displacement, borders, journey, and memory.

Best known as a printmaker, Zarina prefers to carve instead of draw the line, to gouge the surface rather than build it up. She has used various mediums of printmaking including intaglio, woodblocks, lithography, and silkscreen, and she frequently creates series of several prints in order to reference a multiplicity of locales or concepts. She has long been interested in the material possibilities of paper and in addition to printing on it, she has created works which entail puncturing, scratching, weaving, and sewing on paper. Zarina also creates sculpture using a variety of media such as bronze, aluminum, steel, wood, tin, and paper pulp, and works which entail puncturing, scratching, and sewing on paper.

Zarina has exhibited at numerous venues internationally including representing India at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Her retrospective exhibition entitled Zarina: Paper Like Skin was presented at the Hammer Museum in 2012, and at the Guggenheim Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Tate Modern, Hammer Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Menil Collection.

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