Land Is: Parks, Cultures, Stories
This November, KMAC Museum will present two exhibitions that foreground the art of community-building through craft.
A solo show of work by Palestinian-American artist Jordan Nassar will feature his acclaimed embroidered landscapes alongside his installation The Sea Beneath Our Eyes, a fully furnished apartment situated in the museum gallery, that consists of items commissioned entirely from artisans and craftspeople located in the Holy Land, from Tel Aviv to the West Bank. As a means to connect with his cultural heritage, Nassar constructs a domestic environment using the diversity of crafts that are found in and around his ancestral homeland. He draws from the skill and creativity of a multi-ethinc community of Jews, Christians, Muslims and other religious traditions, and from a growing number of immigrants who have come to define the contemporary character of this historically disputed land.
Additionally, Louisville artist Ramona Dallum Lindsey will present Land Is: Parks, Cultures, Stories. Influenced by African-American quilting, Lindsey and five Black-identifying photographers will explore how Louisville’s public parks impact the things we do, love and believe and how urban parks are evidence of systemic inequity. These photographers’ images will become a digital textile Lindsey uses to quilt a visual narrative. Land Is will incorporate collected audio stories of memories from Louisville’s parks and the story of Bridge Kids International’s journey to reclaim Ben Washer Park, an under-resourced urban park.
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