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Frieze Fairs - 20 Apr 2018

Preview: ‘A Palestine That Only Really Exists in the Mind of the Diaspora’

Jordan Nassar describes how his presentation in Frame at Frieze New York 2018 unites craft and national consciousness

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Presented by Anat Ebgi in Frame at Frieze New York 2018, Jordan Nassar’s hand-embroidered textile pieces address the intersection of language, ethnicity and heritage, drawing from his background as a Palestinian-Polish American.

Nassar’s work expands upon the political history behind Palestinian craft, reclaiming both locality and technique through the medium’s ability to communicate and build community. Nassar presents a suite of landscape works, using symbolic patterns to reference the embroidery of bereaved Palestinian women, whom he met while on residency in Israel.

This installation is a dialogue between Nassar’s own embroidery and that of the women of Palestine. As a descendant of the Palestinian diaspora, the landscapes which Nassar works upon the pillow patterns are meditations on alienation and displacement.

Tickets for Frieze New York 2018 are available here.