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Nari Ward

Nari Ward (1963) is interested in singular cultures and the spirit they confer on daily objects. He accumulates these objects to create installations with a shamanistic atmosphere.

The piece Geography: Bottle Messenger is inspired by an early artwork, made up of bottles from a Shaker community in Maine. Rich in his own multicultural experience, the artist juggles with the material as he does with traditions and references. He thus poses as a storyteller of accumulated memories, equally evoking African bottle trees destined to repel bad spirits and the art of gothic stained-glass windows. This cascade of glass bottles contains a collection of hermetic messages, obsessively written in a vain hope of communicating, as by a shipwrecked survivor on a desert island...


  1. Nari Ward Geography: Bottle Messenger, 2002

    Bouteilles, papiers, câbles métalliques, câbles d'attache en plastique, armature métallique
    900 x 400 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2003
    Vue de l’exposition Eldorado, 01.07.2006 – 20.07.2006, Mudam Luxembourg
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi | Mudam Luxembourg

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