Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018

Nari Ward

Nari Ward’s practice explores a range of socially, economically, and politically current issues, including race, poverty, and consumer culture. In Suspicious Bulge (2012), Ward both monumentalizes and deconstructs police profiling. Ward creates and shreds a larger than life “Stop, Question and Frisk Report Worksheet,” the police document used to asses a potential criminal. The object in its entirety and its composite parts – the wood, magnets, nylon and printed fleece blankets that compose the shredded document – carry the disempowerment of the targeted bodies and the false entitlement of the police force. By assigning emotional and sociopolitical significance to this conventional object, Ward opens discussions of race, prejudice, and systematized discrimination. The woven, patched strips of found and collected materials resemble a quilt, an object often associated with history and storytelling. Ward’s tightly-knit narrative “quilt” reads as a deconstructed police procedural in which potential criminals are reduced to a small set of anatomical parts and behavioral descriptions.

Sugar Hill Smiles for No Longer Empty, If You Build It, 2014
Tin cans, labels, smiles, video
Cans 3.25 x 1.5 in. each;
Video duration: 3 min., 53 sec.
Courtesy of No Longer Empty

Suspicious Bulge, 2012
Wood, magnets, nylon, printed fleece blankets
72 x 48 x 4 in.
Courtesy the Artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
Photo: Gregory La Rico