Jordan Nassar, Four Seasons, 2021; Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Print
New York-based artist Jordan Nassar hand-stitches colorful threads onto cotton fabric, to create vibrant landscapes that evoke the Palestinian diaspora’s longing for an ancestral land. His medium derives from tatreez, a centuries-old embroidery tradition in Palestine that has been passed down typically from one generation of women to the next. At times working collaboratively with artisans located throughout the region, Nassar transforms classical patterns into abstracted figurations that frequently depict rising or setting suns above undulating hills.
Four Seasons comprises four quarters that illustrate the sequential transitions between winter, spring, summer and fall. Although each is rendered through a geometry of its own, the horizontally positioned panels are connected by way of a curved contour that shapes a singular landscape. Nassar’s work has also been exhibited at venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Art and Design, New York; KMAC Museum, Louisville; and the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; among others.
In addition to the five New York City arts organizations that this series benefits, Nassar has also individually elected to also donate 20% of net proceeds of this limited edition to alQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, a grassroots organization dedicated to building LGBTQ communities and promoting new ideas about the role of gender and sexual diversity in political activism, civil society institutions, media, and everyday life.
Signed and numbered by Jordan Nassar