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Nari Ward

Pouvoir, 2019. Shoe laces. 355 x 208 cm. Photo: Oak Taylor-Smith

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Down Doors (Maroon) 2011, old door, pockets, feathers, parachute, 210 x 98 x 21 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Down Doors (Sea Green) 2011, old door, pockets, feathers, parachute, 240 x 100 x 25 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Down Doors (Qing) 2011, old door, pockets, feathers, parachute, 206 x 150 x 41 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Win+G 2011, used shoes, feathers, pockets, 110 x 80 x 90 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Pass Series: Blushing Nude 2018, dog bone, iron, Revlon lipstick, pedestal, 30 x 30 x 150 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Pass Series: Wine with Everything 2018, dog bone, iron, Revlon lipstick, pedestal, 30 x 30 x 150 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Roshambo 2011 scissors, shoe laces, 80 x 45 x 4 cm. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Ballast of Miracles 2018, resin, found objects, KEU2001, iron, concrete, variable dimensions. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Limpidus Goats 2018, plexiglass, vegetable tanning powders: mimosa, quebracho, chesnut, cm 111 x 57 x 70. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Gifted Witness 2018, shoes, leather laces, Ø cm 180 x 10. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Gifted Witness (detail) 2018, shoes, leather laces, Ø cm 180 x 10. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Insistence on Opacity 2018, plexiglass, KEU 2001, iron, animal hair, cm 221 x 169 x 35; cm 49 x Ø 40. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Insistence on Opacity (detail) 2018, plexiglass, KEU 2001, iron, animal hair, cm 221 x 169 x 35; cm 49 x Ø 40. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Immigrist WallMale Figure 01 2018, photo, iron, wood, cm 170 x 65 x 6. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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Immigrist Male Figure Wall Tryptich 2018, photo, iron, wood, cm 80 x 120 x 6. Exhibition view: 'Holding Patterns' per 'Arte - impresa - territorio. Nari Ward', Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, 2018. Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio

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CrossWalk, 2016, shoe laces, site specific dimensions

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CrossWalk, 2016, shoe laces, site specific dimensions

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BEYOND, 2013, balloon, metal, glass bottles, ropes, paper, 620 x 302 x 302 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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BEYOND, 2013, balloon, metal, glass bottles, ropes, paper, 620 x 302 x 302 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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BEYOND, 2013, balloon, metal, glass bottles, ropes, paper, 620 x 302 x 302 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Canned Smiles, 2013, 2 cans, mirrors, smiles, h 4,7 x Ø 9 cm

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Stallers - series, 2013, 19 strollers. Reinforcement steel bars, hammocks, concrete, 235 x 140 x 80 cm each, Photo Lucio Ghilardi

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Stallers - series, 2013, 19 strollers. Reinforcement steel bars, hammocks, concrete, 235 x 140 x 80 cm each, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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Stroller Sprouts, 2013, walking sticks, bamboo, clay, glue, bottles, seeds, copper wire, range height: 109 -128,5 cm, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Stroller Sprouts, 2013, walking sticks, bamboo, clay, glue, bottles, seeds, copper wire, range height: 109 -128,5 cm, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Untold, 2013, bottles, metal structure, paper sheets, metal wire, 500 x 360 x 150 cm, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Untold, 2013, bottles, metal structure, paper sheets, metal wire, 500 x 360 x 150 cm, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Mission Accomplished I & II, 2013, 90-80 kg metal cubes, confetti, 36 x 32 x 32 cm and 32 x 32 x 32 cm, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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Mission Accomplished I & II, 2013, 90-80 kg metal cubes, confetti, 36 x 32 x 32 cm and 32 x 32 x 32 cm, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

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GOODBADUGLY, 2012, paper, coffee, computer components, triptych: 191 x 151 x 2 cm panel only (each), 195 x 158 x 4,5 cm panel framed (each), 2012_04b-Nari-Ward-Goodbadugly-Continua.jpg, GOODBADUGLY, 2012, paper, coffee, computer components, triptych: 191 x 151 x 2 cm panel only (each), 195 x 158 x 4,5 cm panel framed (each), Photo Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

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GOODBADUGLY, 2012, paper, coffee, computer components, triptych: 191 x 151 x 2 cm panel only (each), 195 x 158 x 4,5 cm panel framed (each), Photo Ela Bialkowska

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TranStranger Cafe, 2012, tables, cups, coffee, 280 x 190 x 350 cm

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TranStranger Cafe, 2012, tables, cups, coffee, 280 x 190 x 350 cm

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CarouSoul, 2011
ropes, tyres, shoe tips and tongue, laces
624,8 x 365,8 x 365,8 cm

Nari Ward

CarouSoul, 2011
ropes, tyres, shoe tips and tongue, laces
624,8 x 365,8 x 365,8 cm

Nari Ward

Mango Tourist, 2011, foam, battery canisters, Sprague Electric Company resistors and capacitors, mango pits 8 unique sculptures, set of 8 sculptures, each approximately 304,8 cm, Photo Art Evans

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Mango Tourist, 2011, foam, battery canisters, Sprague Electric Company resistors and capacitors, mango pits 8 unique sculptures, set of 8 sculptures, each approximately 304,8 cm, Photo Art Evans

Reinterpreting components of society

Nari Ward’s work often includes the practice of collecting objects from his surrounding environment, creating juxtapositions that leave their meaning open to viewers and often recall important historic and social moments. He is known for his sculptural installations composed of found and collected material. He has repurposed objects such as baby strollers, shopping carts, bottles, doors, television sets, cash registers and shoelaces, among other materials.
His approach recalls the many folk traditions of his native Jamaica as well as the material variety of Harlem where Nari Ward has lived and worked for the past decades. Nari Ward does not hesitate however to research specific contexts from all around the world to discover and present the various tensions between traditions and change. Ward often uses semantics, architecture and diverse structural forms to reflect on power balances, national identity, racism and the historical memory which contributes and affects the behavior of citizens and shapes our contemporary society.
Amongst his recent exhibitions we mention: “Clapping with Stones: Art and Acts of Resistance”, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY 2019; “We The People”, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston TX 2019; “We The People”, New Museum, New York, NY 2019; “Nari Ward: Sun Splashed”, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston MA, 2017; “Nari Ward: Sun Splashed”, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia PA, 2016; ; “Nari Ward: Sun Splashed”, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami FL, 2015 and “Terre Vulnerabili: a growing exhibition”, Hangar Bicocca, Milan Italy, 2010. 

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