Palazzo delle Papesse opens the new year with two new exhibitions, each occupying a whole floor of the palace. Leonardo Drew's and Nari Ward's shows, respectively titled Existing Everywhere and The Refinery x: a Simple Twist of Fate, occupy a floor each.
The two solo shows are dedicated to Leonardo Drew and Nari Ward, and represent a unique and extraordinary opportunity to get acquainted with the work of the two artists. Drew's oeuvre is presented in Europe for the first time, while Nari Ward is back in the country exhibiting after an absence of four years.
The research of the Jamaican-born Nari Ward, a long-time New York resident, also focuses on decayed, discarded and consumed matter. His works reveal an almost 'animistic' conception of debris. Moved by a profoundly religious sentiment, his collecting of objects evokes the presence of stories linked to primal fears and feelings: life, death, sorrow, joy, delving into the origin of the meaning of life itself. Ward weaves new narrative plots, he rehabilitates objects by working the personal, intellectual and spirituality into them. By gathering the object trouvé, Ward defies the oblivion it seemed destined to, its psychological eradication.