Jordan Nassar, Beyond the Boundaries, 2022. Hand-embroidered cotton on cotton, 84 × 81 × 1 inches (213.4 × 205.7 × 2.5 cm). © Jordan Nassar. Image courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York. Photo by Phoebe d’Heurle.
Jordan Nassar’s solo exhibition—his first in Boston—presents a selection of his intricate embroidered and mixed media works. Nassar (b. 1985 in New York) draws on traditional Palestinian craft techniques to investigate ideas of home, land, and memory. His work, which he creates in collaboration with Palestinian embroiders and craftspersons, combines geometric patterns with abstracted landscapes, imbued, in the artist’s words, “with yearning, while hopeful and beautiful.” Through complex patterning and a unique attendance to form and color, the painterly aesthetic of Nassar’s embroidery allows the artist to explore relationships between craft and history in new contemporary dialogues.