Culture Fix: A Dialogue on Zarina’s Dividing Line
Talk / Lecture
12:00 to 1:00
Fri, May 1, 2020

Stop by on Fridays at noon to learn about the various collections on campus and see why UCLA ranks as one of the best public universities in America.

In this talk Saloni Mathur, Professor of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, UCLA Department of Art History and Aparna Kumar, Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA Department of Art History discuss the artist Zarina’s woodcut print, Dividing Line (2001), on view in The Map and the Territory.


Born in 1937, Zarina is an Indian-born American artist whose travels have led her across the world. Her visual vocabulary is abstract, but it is rich in associations with her life and themes of exile and displacement. The partition of India in 1947 eventually led her family to leave their home in Aligarh and settle in Pakistan. For Zarina, this created an emotional divide: “on one side [of the border] was the country that I loved, and on the other side were people whom I loved.” The lines in her work trace a personal journey across metaphoric and physical boundaries, such as the border between India and Pakistan represented in this print.

Related Exhibition: The Map and the Territory
In honor of UCLA’s Centennial, The Map and the Territory distills the vast holdings of the university’s diverse collections into a single exhibition. The objects and images on view illuminate connections between people and places, both real and imagined. The juxtaposition of rare books, works of art, musical instruments, meteorites, bird specimens, and more invites visitors to creatively rethink their relationship to the world around them. Organized by the Fowler together with the Hammer Museum, UCLA Library, and other campus partners.


Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 198 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd
$3/hr or max $13/day. Visitor drop-off address is 305 Royce Drive.