St. Louis

St. Louis

“ZARINA: ATLAS OF HER WORLD”

Pulitzer Arts Foundation
3716 Washington Boulevard
September 6, 2019–February 2, 2020

Curated by Tamara H. Schenkenberg

For decades Zarina has explored the notion of home, homeland, and her identity as a diasporic Indian artist. Nowhere can this be seen more eloquently than in Home Is a Foreign Place, 1999, a portfolio of thirty-six woodcuts portraying pared-down notations on language and place. Like millions of others, her liberal Muslim family faced displacement when the British partitioned the subcontinent into India and Pakistan in 1947. Zarina’s subsequent marriage to an Indian diplomat took her around the globe, leading her to map her memories of the different cities she has lived in, using means both spare and minimal. This show will bring together some thirty prints, sculptures, and collages dating from the 1960s to the present, placing them in dialogue with a selection of objects that have inspired the artist, including an engraving by Dürer, etchings by Rembrandt, and a Mughal-era Qur’an manuscript.