(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.