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With A Sun In The Belly, 2017
Jordan Nassar's work is rooted in his Palestinian identity, but in subtle and rich ways it also illuminates how identity is built on a constant process of cross-pollination and cultural accumulation. As a Palestinian artist who is married to an Israeli, he has a more nuanced understanding of how distinct communities overlap and synthesize than armchair cynics who see only two peoples anchored in opposition.
With his art, Nassar is making a map of his own complex makeup -- New York, Palestinian, gay, married to an Israeli -- and stitching it into a subtle but deeply resonant meditation on identity.
Art by Jordan Nassar.