(b. 1985, New York, New York; lives and works in New York, New York)
Riverside Park NYC, 2020. Hand-embroidered cotton on cotton. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York; Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles; The Third Line, Dubai
I hand embroidered this piece, Riverside Park NYC, as I do with almost all of my work, using the medium of tatreez, traditional Palestinian embroidery. As a Palestinian American, I grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side, overlooking Riverside Park, and for this piece I based the composition off of a boulder that is placed in the park outside my childhood apartment building. In imagining a future after this tumultuous year, I chose to reimagine this vista of the park, an emblem representing home, envisioning a fantastical, magical and hopefully better future version of our city. Doing my part in dreaming up the world we want to live in.
Jordan Nassar 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.