Coming Soon: Zarina: Paper Like Skin

September 26, 2012


A Conversation with Zarina

Sunday, September 30, 2pm

Join the artist Zarina and curator Allegra Pesenti for a conversation in the galleries.

Hammer Screenings: Films selected by Zarina

Zarina’s work has its roots in abstraction, but it is informed by a profound sociopolitical awareness. The artist has selected two extraordinary movies that evoke the realities of post partition India and Pakistan.

Garam Hawa (Scorching Winds)

Tuesday, October 30, 7:30pm

A Muslim businessman and his family struggle for their rights in post partition India.

(India, 1974, Dir. M. S. Sathyu, 146 min.)


Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters)

Tuesday, November 27, 7:30pm

Set in the late 1970s, Khamosh Pani follows the lives of a widowed mother and her young son as their village in Punjab, Pakistan is coming under radical influence.

(Pakistan, 2003, Dir. Sabiha Sumar, 99 min.)

Hammer Symposium

Strangers in a Strange Land: Art, Aesthetics, and Displacement

This two-day symposium, organized by UCLA faculty, Saloni Mathur and Aamir Mufty, brings together world-renowned scholars in the humanities to consider questions of dispossession, displacement, and the exilic imagination in modern art and aesthetic thinking.

Homi Bhabha

Thursday, November 8, 7pm

Homi K. Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English, the director of the Humanities Center, and the senior adviser on the humanities to the president and provost at Harvard University.

Presentations and Discussion

Friday, November 9, 9:30am–5:30pm

Homi Bhabha, Harvard University (opening address); Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia University; Hannah Feldman, Northwestern University; Esra Akcan, University of Illinois, Chicago; Sonal Khullar, University of Washington, Seattle; Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University; and Vidya Shah, New Delhi–based vocalist. Andreas Huyssen, the Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, delivers the closing address.

Musical Performance: Vidya Shah

Friday, November 9, 6pm

Vidya Shah is a composer, musician, and writer from New Delhi, India. Initially trained in Carnatic music, she later received guidance in the North Indian genres of Khayal, Thumri Dadra and Ghazal. Shah is a recipient of the Charles Wallace Award and a senior fellowship from the government of India for her project “Women on Record,” a performance highlighting the contributions of the forgotten women performers in the gramophone era. David Trasoff (sarode) and Vivek Virani (tabla) provide accompaniment.