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Title

Abyss

2013

Artist

Zarina Hashmi

India

1937 - 25 Apr 2020

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  • Details

    Date
    2013
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodcut on BFK light paper mounted on Somerset Antique paper
    Edition
    2/20 [from edition of 20, plus 2AP + 1 printer’s proof]
    Dimensions
    42.5 x 33.0 cm image, 69.8 x 55.8 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Zarina 2013".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    298.2018
    Copyright
    © Zarina
    Artist information
    Zarina Hashmi

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    … they were in such a hurry to do partition. Radcliff came in – he didn’t know the country, he did not know Lahore is right next to Amritsar – he just sat at a table and drew a line, and sometimes the line goes right through a house and part of a house is in India and part of the house is in Pakistan. It is the greatest tragedy of the Indian sub-continent.
    – Zarina

    The themes of exile and relocation in Zarina Hashmi’s work are inspired by the devastating dividing line between India and Pakistan. Zarina and her family experienced the consequences of having been relocated to Karachi from Aligarh, India, in the 1950s, and in 1976 she settled in New York. 'Abyss', with its simple jagged line, hints at the complications that were to be the future of the subcontinent. The writer Neelika Jayawardane has eloquently described 'Abyss': ‘The zigzagging, shimmering silver line on a matte-black background appears the way a river might on a full-moon night, from an airplane; it is a route a lost traveller might follow in their blackest hour.’ It is a line that could be anywhere or nowhere.

  • Exhibition history

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