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10 Things to Know: Indian-American artist Zarina Hashmi on her 86th birthday

Zarina Hashmi

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Zarina, born in 1937 in Aligarh, India, had a happy life with her four siblings until the partition led them to relocate to Karachi, Pakistan.

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At 21, Zarina married a diplomat, beginning a global journey to Bangkok, Paris, and Japan, where she discovered printmaking and modernist art

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In 1977, Zarina settled in NYC, advocating for women and artists of color, joining the Heresies Collective, a feminist journal exploring art and social justice.

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Zarina taught at NYC Feminist Art Institute, empowering female artists.

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In 1980, Zarina co-curated "Dialectics of Isolation" at A.I.R. Gallery, spotlighting Third World Women Artists in the US.

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Zarina's renowned prints depicted her homes and cities with captivating semi-abstract style.

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Zarina's art, shaped by her Indian-Muslim identity and nomadic childhood, uniquely integrated Islamic geometry, reflecting her personal perspective.

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Zarina's early art had a minimalist touch, resembling Sol LeWitt's abstract geometric style.

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Zarina's art captivates worldwide, featured in esteemed galleries like SFMOMA, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim, and the Met.

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On April 25, 2020, Zarina passed away in London due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. Her legacy lives on through her remarkable artistic contributions.

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