Can objects from the past make us see the present in a new light? How does art reframe things that carry histories of oppression? To find out, listen to this episode where artist Nari Ward is in conversation with SB15 curator Hoor Al Qasimi. At Sharjah, Ward installed a work called Duty Colossus (2023). A large-scale project modelled on fish traps and placed alongside a dhow, the work is on view at the Kalba Ice Factory , Sharjah till 11 June 2023. Click here to view it online. Press play to learn more about Ward’s practice, process and SB15 project as well as what makes his work speak to our current time and place. To receive updates about the 15th Sharjah Biennial and the Sharjah Art Foundation’s year-round programme, follow us on Instagram @sharjahart.
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Duty Colossus (2023)
Collecting and repurposing found objects, Nari Ward grapples with social and political issues surrounding race, poverty and consumer culture via metaphor and juxtaposition.
Intentionally leaving the meaning of his work open, Nari Ward re-contextualises found objects in thought-provoking juxtapositions that create complex, metaphorical meanings to confront social and political issues.