Jordan Nassar

"Dunya"

September 9 - November 4, 2017

Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce the gallery’s first solo exhibition with New York based artist Jordan Nassar.

Dunya presents a new series of hand-embroidered canvases. The works feature compositions of undulating fantastical landscapes in jeweled colors made from symbols adapted from traditional Palestinian embroidery. The new body of work presents the dialogue between the artist’s own embroidery and its connection to the place and history of Palestine. The histories of generations of Palestinians have been imbued into the handcraft of embroidery often featured upon traditional women’s dresses— the symbols worked upon the garb trace the familial records of transience and movement. The traditional embroidery is a skill that the artist has dedicated his time to learning in an attempt to connect with his heritage as a Palestinian-American. As a descendant of the Palestinian diaspora, the landscapes Nassar works upon the canvases are meditations on alienation and displacement.

The landscapes are at once the product of an inherited nostalgia, a desire to capture Nassar’s ancestors’ stories of an idyllic Palestine, and a projection of a utopian future where the conflicts are a distant memory. Each embroidery is an elegy for a Palestine, delicate and wondrous in its kaleidoscopic topography.

For the exhibition, Nassar has published a limited edition zine entitled “Dunya” featuring his essay on the works of the show.

To put it simply, Dunya is the whole world. In a religious context, it is This World, as opposed to The Next, but it’s more than that. Dunya is the world you swear by when you promise true love. Dunya is the world that is ruined when your heart is broken. Dunya is the earth, the dirt, the trees, the rivers, the oceans, the sun, the sky, the birds, the cats, the dogs, and the people.

 -Excerpted from Jordan Nassar’s zine, “Dunya,” 2017

Jordan Nassar

Dunya

September 9 - November 4, 2017

Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce the gallery’s first solo exhibition with New York based artist Jordan Nassar.

Dunya presents a new series of hand-embroidered canvases. The works feature compositions of undulating fantastical landscapes in jeweled colors made from symbols adapted from traditional Palestinian embroidery. The new body of work presents the dialogue between the artist’s own embroidery and its connection to the place and history of Palestine. The histories of generations of Palestinians have been imbued into the handcraft of embroidery often featured upon traditional women’s dresses— the symbols worked upon the garb trace the familial records of transience and movement. The traditional embroidery is a skill that the artist has dedicated his time to learning in an attempt to connect with his heritage as a Palestinian-American. As a descendant of the Palestinian diaspora, the landscapes Nassar works upon the canvases are meditations on alienation and displacement.

The landscapes are at once the product of an inherited nostalgia, a desire to capture Nassar’s ancestors’ stories of an idyllic Palestine, and a projection of a utopian future where the conflicts are a distant memory. Each embroidery is an elegy for a Palestine, delicate and wondrous in its kaleidoscopic topography.

For the exhibition, Nassar has published a limited edition zine entitled “Dunya” featuring his essay on the works of the show.

To put it simply, Dunya is the whole world. In a religious context, it is This World, as opposed to The Next, but it’s more than that. Dunya is the world you swear by when you promise true love. Dunya is the world that is ruined when your heart is broken. Dunya is the earth, the dirt, the trees, the rivers, the oceans, the sun, the sky, the birds, the cats, the dogs, and the people.

 -Excerpted from Jordan Nassar’s zine, “Dunya,” 2017

Jordan Nassar, Dunya, Installation view, 2017
Jordan Nassar, Dunya, Installation view, 2017
Jordan Nassar, Dunya, Installation view, 2017
Jordan Nassar, Dunya, Installation view, 2017
Jordan Nassar, Dunya, Installation view, 2017
Jordan Nassar, Dunya, Installation view, 2017
Jordan Nassar, Dunya, Installation view, 2017
Jordan Nassar, Dunya, Installation view, 2017
Jordan Nassar, Dunya, Installation view, 2017
Jordan Nassar, Dunya, Installation view, 2017
Jordan Nassar, Dunya, Installation view, 2017
Jordan Nassar, Dunya, Installation view, 2017
Jordan Nassar, Dunya, Installation view, 2017
Jordan Nassar
Study (morning sun evening sun), 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Jordan Nassar
Study (the sun runs away), 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Jordan Nassar
Jerusalem of glass!, 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas
12 x 16 inches
Jordan Nassar
Study (a sun did you say), 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Jordan Nassar
Study (orchards in a porcelain sky), 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Jordan Nassar
Yellow is the sun’s color, 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas
12 x 16 inches
Jordan Nassar
The field is infinite, 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas
11 x 14 inches
Jordan Nassar And the sea drowning the sea, 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas
11 x 14 inches
Jordan Nassar
Study (with swords to fight the sea), 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Jordan Nassar
Silence is sold by the pound, 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas
11 x 14 inches
Jordan Nassar
Study (Extinguished sun), 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Jordan Nassar
With a sun in the belly, 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on aida on canvas
16 x 20 inches
Jordan Nassar
The Arab Apocalypse, 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas
18 x 24 inches
Jordan Nassar
Yaffa 1, 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on aida on canvas
7 x 10 inches
Jordan Nassar
My Right Eye is a Sun, 2017
Hand embroidered cotton on Aida on canvas
16 x 20 inches