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Zarina, My Dark House at Aligarh, 2017, woodcut on paper, 10 x 8".

Zarina

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Zarina, My Dark House at Aligarh, 2017, woodcut on paper, 10 x 8".

An inky blackness descends and shrouds Zarina’s woodcut My Dark House at Aligarh, 2017. Only slivers of light illuminating an arched entrance hint at the presence of a building lurking in the darkness. This image recalls a place the artist once called home: the Indian city of Aligarh, where Zarina was born in 1937. This was before the partition of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan in 1947, when she, like millions of others, faced the prospect of displacement and rupture. While her liberal Muslim family finally moved from Aligarh to Pakistan in 1959, Zarina opted to stay on in India. Having married an Indian diplomat, she later settled in New York, where she continues to explore the notions of home, homeland, and her identity as an artist in exile. Using minimal means—often simple geometric shapes such as triangles or squares—she conveys potent themes of nostalgia,

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