New-York based Zarina Hashmi hails from Aligarh where, in 1958, she graduated with honours in science from Aligarh Muslim University before pursuing a course, and career, in printmaking. From 1963-67, she studied under S. W. Hayter in Paris at Atelier 17. In 1974, she joined the Toshi Yoshido Studio to study woodblock printing.
Hashmi’s work articulates a notion of space which could be home, city or country with flexible, changing borders. Engaging herself in the politics of space, the artist undertakes a personal journey where she questions identity, the meaning of home, the urge for roots, memory and history. In the series of works titled Maps, Homes and Itineraries, Mapping a Life and House with Four Walls, the artist challenges the actual space of cities by reconstructing the real maps in her minimalistic prints into fractured diagrams and angular lines, breaking through their borders.
Hashmi has received residencies at the Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, 1991 and at Art-Omi 1994, both in New York. In 1984, Hashmi received the Printmaking Workshop fellowship, followed by the 1985 New York Foundation of the Arts fellowship. She has taught printmaking at Bennington College, Cornell University, and at the University of California in Santa Cruz.