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Garden Marathon 2011: Zarina Hashmi - Invisible Gardens

Jul 16, 2023
It is my great pleasure to introduce you to our next speaker, Serena Hashmi, born illegally in India. Zelena lives and works in New York City after graduating in mathematics, she started printing and we actually met when Julia Payton johns and we hooked up and did the research for our Indian exhibit, The Indian Highway. We kept asking Indian artists again and again who are heroes and Serena was mentioned many times, so we met in New York and recorded a long interview with Serena earlier this year and during this interview. Serena told us a lot about this idea of ​​the labyrinth as a

garden

and also the

invisible

garden

, which will be the topic of her speech today.
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Safinaz's work is in the permanent collection of many museums, the Victoria and Albert Museum. Here, below, is the bibliothèque Nationale. hammer museum the national gallery in New Delhi the Whitney Museum one very very where Serena consoles

hashmi

thank you for inviting me here and in the meantime I changed the title of my presentation because I thought about it and I wanted to talk about the fragrant garden of my the fragrance of the garden of my Itanagar mother the reason was that I grew up in India. You know, tons of books have been written about Islamic

gardens

in India from

gardens

in India, but no one ever talks about what women like, especially women. who came from muslim families in berk spend their lives inside houses with four walls what did they do with their gardens and there is almost no material and on that topic so that's just what I want to talk about, but you know, start bidding like this This is the title of my presentation that starts with the map of Delhi because I grew up near Delhi and always for me Delhi folds like a big garden in my imagination so this is what I am doing or someone is helping me.
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More Interesting Facts About,

garden marathon 2011 zarina hashmi invisible gardens...

Yeah, so that's where I got used to the first time I looked at mobile gardens and I got my training in architecture and the refinement and the geometry in the geometry has stayed with me all the time and I love mathematics and architecture. I grew up in a very traditional Muslim home. We are male and female neighborhoods where segregated women live a traditional life and my father, being a negative academic, lived a life influenced by his colonial upbringing, so these were two worlds and I had the privilege of negotiating between different languages ​​and different aesthetics and that has served me very well in negotiating my life for 50 years outside of India, so I am quite comfortable with different cultures.
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His house, the parts of it, the rooms where my parents live, were furnished differently, the air as far as the gardens were concerned, were like that. it's the outside of the house and the house doesn't exist anymore but that's where I was born and this is the house I grew up in when it came time to select flowers we can even do the second one this is the only view so this is my father, you know the main part of the house, as the garden was very big with grass and fruits and all kinds of plants that my father planted, you know, ordered and my father ordered the seeds from foreign catalogs and tried to grow them.
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In the arid and dry climate of northern India, my mother stuck with the traditional garden and her choice was always plants that were fragrant and gardening was taken very seriously, even the water used for irrigation had to be peeled and at some point sandalwood and other instances were cultivated. included in that and some people went so far as to soak the seed since honey and milk before planting were medicinal trees, but I wouldn't go due to time constraints, but everything my father was real, but he was very persistent and something when succeeded, the oil will be invited to your part of the garden to see it.
I'm not, like I said, I'm not an expert on public gardens, but I know a few things about the Women's Garden in India and also the relationship with flowers in Southeast Asia because I spent some time in the Far East. Furthermore, this is my mother's garden, it was enclosed within the walls of the house, she did not have access to large public art gardens, she chose flowers for their fragrance and she had a lot of knowledge about flowers and knew her taste in flowerbeds. of flowers rains along the inner edge of the patio ball the vaults protected the flowers from the scorching summer sun and also provided space to support vines and bushes to blow at some point the gardener will be called in to prepare the flower beds to plant or renovate the garden like any child I looked at things with great concentration and I still remember how the gardener stuck stakes in the ground and then tied them with a cotton thread to define the nine yes later he was using the same strategy to draw lines I would put thumbtacks thank you and drawing board and then I would tie them with cotton threads using the thread to guide the hand the fillet and the thread would be left on the we left it on the on the ground and it slowly eventually became part of the Earth, there is a list full of flowers that my mother planted, they basically came from the Jasmine family, like Indian nails, they are mogra bella mutia Chameli for their fragrances and also Champa, which you know, I also have botanical gardens, but to name it It will take forever, but they told us that There are certain defects that attract snakes, so you have to be careful.
His favorite food and mine to this day was a queen of the night that blooms at night at the beginning and end of summer. It has small white flowers that perfumed the night air with their aroma that linguizes the inner senses until the morning breaks the spell we had marigolds because of their colors, they are a bright orange color but they do not have any fragrance so there were also fruit trees guava cherimoya but My favorite was the black mulberry tree that you could climb and then wash the caterpillars that came out of their cocoons. We were not committing sin, so growing up in this garden we were also taught the etiquette of respecting the garden and there was a whole list of weavers that we were not. you're supposed to do don't touch the flowers don't go near the garden at night don't step on the beds at night we hope I don't know if you ever listened to Brussels when they opened the ism, but it's a In a way, you have to be a country in a quiet place, but when we had to retire after that, the night is the time for the spirits and of course to enjoy the sense of the garden.
The girls were advised to stay away from the garden at night. because the coast could take possession of them and not return to their dark abodes, but you know, if you can't go anywhere, I think they were going crazy anyway, so it was blamed, you never thought it was because of the intervention Of course we do. We never cut flowers from the garden for the house. The married women put flowers in their hair by twisting Bella's threads and both here around her braids. I think the type of relationship in Southeast Asia and the Far East is much more important than the relationship with the garden. because flowers are part of life for four in religion religious practices marriage and and you know from the beginning of life to the end of life I grew up surrounded by trees and plants observing their growth cycle in decay the garden was part of their life but Just like my parents' garden and their houses, there were two different sensitivities when it came to planting roses, I always needed a lot more space because you needed to enjoy each rule without the interference of other roses, this one I had my mother's because it was locked inside the four walls that delimited the house and since she did not have access to the two that were outside, I think she was trying to make a small paradise and these gardens that were offered were often called that the patterns often described as color patterns with the brightness of the meaning of the flowerbed ran along the inner edge of the courtyard walls, this I think we have, there was always an emphasis on the geometry of the flowerbed to plant in precise rows with different colors, the festivals of local harvest, where are we going to return?
This is not the map of the father's house, so when it came time for this is the way you know, I made a map of the house and that's where the women's quarter was down here and on the other side was the men's house and this The dividing line was in the center and the flower beds, all the flower beds grow here and I decided to write all the names in order. My mother tongue. Throughout my travels, it was my mother's garden and her fragrant presence that remained most vivid. In my psyche, she didn't like being inside, so inside the rooms, she enjoyed being under the sky where she could imagine other places and other worlds.
Many times, I wanted to share with her my experience of seeing boats full of flowers floating on the Chao Praya River in front of her. What a rule in Bangkok or in Bangkok to meditate in a garden that had no flowers, the feeling of being enclosed within the four walls of the patio was an opportunity to reflect on life on the summer nights that we slept under the stars in a single plot . of your life's journey at some point could keep you awake until this sunlight faded that begins in your desire for your vision on my last visit I went to see an old friend of my mother's when I was a child I didn't know anyone who lived in a high area. tall building now she lived in an apartment complex she turned to me and she told me it's so strange to live in a place where neither the floor nor the ceiling are yours.
I was reminded of a temple I visited in South Asia where they had evolved in line with Temple number 10 had ten boxes containing ashes of people cremated in the temple. It looked like a high-rise apartment complex grid that is put in place to end your life, not live your life, the last time I had a patch of land to plant a garden. It was in Delhi more than 50 years ago. Now the only plan I have is on my windowsill, but each new flower is still a reason to celebrate. The last one was the fragrance I made in memory of my mother.

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