Jordan Nassar (b. 1985) lives and works in New York. Nassar’s hand embroidered textile pieces address an intersecting field of language, ethnicity and the embedded notions of heritage and homeland. Treating craft within its capacity as communicative form, Nassar examines conflicting issues of identity and cultural participation using geometric patterning adapted from Islamic symbols present in traditional Palestinian hand embroidery. Nassar generates these symbols via computer and then meticulously hand stitches them onto carefully mapped-out patterns. In the enmeshing and encoding of these symbols within his work, Nassar roots his practice in a linguistic and geopolitical field of play characterized by both conflict and unspoken harmony.
Two one-person exhibitions are expected for Nassar this year, in the United States and in Israel, at Bainbridge House (Princeton University, Princeton, NJ) and at the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv. Solo exhibitions include The Third Line (Dubai, Frieze New York (with Anat Ebgi, New York, 2018), Anat Ebgi, (Los Angeles, 2017) Artport Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv, 2017) LVL3 Gallery (Chicago, 2016), Evelyn Yard (London, 2015). Group exhibitions include Anat Ebgi (Los Angeles, 2017-19). Loyal Gallery, (Stockholm 2019), James Cohan Gallery (New York, 2019), Supportico Lopez (Berlin, 2018), Essex Flowers (New York, 2018) Abrons Art Center (New York, 2018) Kotonah Museum of Art (New York, 2018), Arcadia Missa (New York, 2017) Fortnight Institute (New York, 2016) Exile Gallery (Berlin, 2015) and Evelyn Yard, (London, 2014 and 2015) among others.