Nari Ward is active/lives in New York / Jamaica. Nari Ward is known for installation, sculpture, photography.
Biography Nari Ward
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Jamaica-born, New York–based Nari Ward was a 2017 recipient of the Vilcek Prize for the Arts. His work often engages immigrant experience. His work, Ward’s Breathing Flag, references Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) flag combined with an African prayer symbol known as a Congolese Cosmogram, representing birth, life, death and rebirth. Ward explains, "several of these hole patterns are drilled into the floorboards of one of the oldest African-American churches in the United States in Savannah, Georgia. It is believed that the drilled pattern functioned as breathing holes for runaway slaves who, hiding under the floor, awaited safe transport north." He continues, “the union of that moment and of Gar
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