Zaidi’s work is an anthropological attempt to trace the production, consumption and movement of a religious icon, the Panjatan, in the Shia’ dominated area of Dongri, Bombay. Placed within the highly contested history of iconoclasm in Islam which does not permit the usage of idols, images or icons in its formats of worship, the Panjatan/ Fatima’s hand emerges as one of the techniques of worship and piety towards the family of the prophet.
Sarover has a B.A. (Hons.) from St. Stephens College, an M.A. in Sociology and an M.Phil. from the Delhi School of Economics. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Utrecht and the Max Planck Institute, Germany. A writer and curator, Zaidi was also a puppeteer and a set designer for the Katkatha Theatre group, and is working on an interdisciplinary book which explores ideas from architecture, anthropology, and art history which help in better understanding of how art relates to the everyday lives of people. Most recently, she has been working with local artisans in their production spaces to create Alams and Panjatans.