September 2016_by Federica Tattoli
Nari Ward was born in 1963 in St. Andrews, Jamaica, he currently lives and works in New York. He was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, New York, and Documenta XI, Kassel (2003). His works have been exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. He received commission from the United Nations and the World Health Organization and awards from several institution as the American Academy of the Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. His works investigate the poetical aspect of the common objects. On the occasion of C.Ar.D. 2016 he brings to the small urban context of Val Luretta one of his poetic works which are able to bring the most humble and unlikely objects back to life, exploiting the experience and potential of the "human" legacy preserved in them by the role they played before they were abandoned. Ward is a great visual poet of our time able to narrate and make history with existential fragments of matter and memory.
How would you present your work?
Contemporary Multidisciplinary Folk Art
How was your experience at C.Ar.D?
They are serious about energizing and fostering the contemporary arts community around the countryside of Milan. Also very cooperative and supportive of the artist; perfect hosts
Which works do you present, and why you choose them?
Works which were made in Italy, consistent with use of every day materials and open ended in possible interpretation
Where do you make your works?
Most of the works were realized while I was a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome and onsite at Agazzano
What can’t be missing from your worktable?
A collection you wish at least one work of yours was part of?
My first proposal would be to create the following institution: Museum Of Necessary Unwanted Objects (MONUO)
A museum where you’d like to have an exhibition?
The market or your need to express?
I would be naive to think that I don’t have to negotiate both
Lightness or depth?
Lightness in depth
Day or night?
Sunrise and Sunset
A question you’ve never been asked but one you’ve always wanted to answer? Are you an angry black male?
Answer that question… None of your damn business
Could you briefly describe one of your latest works?
I working on sculptures for a “Ride It” skate park in Detroit, Michigan
What are you reading?
White Trash; The 400-year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
“Eye in the Sky” 2015 starring Helen Mirren
Where would you like to live?
I like where I am living but would like to feel a sense of belonging to more places around the world
Do you have reference artists? Artists you’d like to work with?
Referencing not directly but surely feel an affinity to certain modes of practice. I would have liked to work with both Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam and Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi
A project, related to art, that you’d like to do?
To participate in a artist funded experimental brain transplant trials
If you weren’t an artist, what job would you like?
A sound explorer, examine and documenting the quietest places on earth
Yes or no to curators? If yes, who would you choose?
In a group show I would like to exhibit with… Yes and I would choose the most intelligent, selfless and progressive one
A dream of yours?
To make a difference in the lives of as many people as possible