A Q&A with artist Zarina Hashmi on her recent works and the global refugee crisis by Asma Naeem, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, dc, usa.Asma Naeem: What led you to create the works exploring the idea of refugee camps in 2015?Zarina Hashmi: I was ten years old when the partition of India happened. My family was moved from our home in Aligarh to a refugee camp in Delhi for our safety. My recent series of collages (Refugee Camps, Temporary Homes) was made in response to the crisis of the past few years, but also relates to my own experience. I have always been familiar with the vocabulary of flight, borders, and what it is to be separated from your family.AN: Let’s shift from encampments to your imagery of how migrants move. Your 2016 work Without Destination pictures a heartbeat and a boat, conjuring a fluidity, a hopefulness, and the inert, the loss of life. Could you explain your thinking behind these works?ZH: Leaving home is never easy, and many migrants do not have a choice. They use whatever transportation is available to run away, and falsely believe they are moving
Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas – Brill
Published: Oct 4, 2017
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