"Born 1963, Saint Andrew, Jamaica; lives in New York, New York
Nari Ward often reclaims discarded objects and materials found in the urban landscape to create sculptures and installations that evoke memories, experiences, and questions. In earlier bodies of work, he used plastic garbage bags, abandoned baby strollers, glass bottles, landscaping barrier cloth, and fire hoses to raise issues related to consumer culture, poverty, and race. More recent works incorporate oil drums, tar slabs, discarded doors, dried salted codfish, and old television sets to comment on immigration, religion, sex, and patriotism. His juxtapositions are often ambiguous, however, allowing for multiple, open-ended interpretations."