Nari Ward, ‘Homeland Sweet Homeland’, 2012, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

In collaboration with the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia

Image rights: Courtesy the artist and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, and Havana. Image courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami

Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami; Museum purchase with funds provided by Jorge M. Pérez, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and thePAMM Ambassadors for African American Art

About Nari Ward

Using found objects and materials collected from his urban neighborhood, Nari Ward creates sculptural installations that subvert the original purpose of the items shown. For example, in Palace LiquorsouL (2010), Ward rearranges the letters of the title in a neon liquor store sign, illuminating only “S-O-U-L” while leaving the remaining letters unlit and upside down. Through such unexpected compositional arrangements, Ward enacts a transformation of everyday objects into visual markers rich with symbolic and narrative implications.

Jamaican , b. 1963, St. Andrews, Jamaica, based in New York, New York