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Ivan Forde

(b. 1990, Timehri, Guyana; lives and works in Harlem, New York)

After The Storm, 2020. Cyanotype and gouache on archival paper. Courtesy of the artist

Artist Statement

The horizon is a timeless image that connects all of humanity, from ancient to modern. Right now, it’s like we’re at sea: we speak of "first waves," "second waves," and how tumultuous our present time is in the wake of the global pandemic. So I offer a vision of the ocean after a storm. Five sailors (which are all photographs of myself) gaze upon golden constellations, as Venus follows the setting sun over the far deep purple horizon. A diver with hands covering his mouth swims toward a mysterious heliotrope crystal. I hope this image reassures us that we must continue to work together to harness the storm in creating a collective and just future.

Ivan Forde is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.

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