The New Social Environment#706

Prune Nourry: Statues Also Breathe

Featuring Nourry and Yasmeen Siddiqui, with Manal Kara


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Prune Nourry joins Rail contributor Yasmeen Siddiqui for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Manal Kara.

In this talk

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Prune Nourry

Photo of Prune Nourry
Born in 1985 in Paris, France, Prune Nourry is a multi-disciplinary New York-based artist who draws her inspiration from the issues of human selection. With a degree in wood sculpture from Ecole Boulle in Paris, Nourry explores bioethics through sculpture as well as video, photography, and performance. Nourished by in-depth research in science and sociology, and largely influenced by anthropology, she has created a triptych focusing on gender preference, starting with Holy Daughters in India in 2009. Her latest project, Terracotta Daughters is the last part of the triptych and has done a World Tour starting in Shanghai, heading to Paris, Zurich, New York and Mexico. It is now back in Shanghai and will be buried in China until 2030.

Yasmeen Siddiqui

Black and white portrait of writer and curator Yasmeen Siddiqui in front of a green tree.
Guiding editor and writer Yasmeen Siddiqui is the founding director of the nonprofit press, Minerva Projects, and a Communications Manager at the National Academy of Design. Her practice is an overarching commitment to testing perceptions of either specific artists or existing art movements through the synchronized interplay of writing and exhibition making. Siddiqui’s articles and essays are published by: Phaidon, Samsung Art Museum, Art Papers; Modern Painters, Flash Art, NKA, the Cairo Times, iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), and the Americas Society, among others. Her awards include from the Ucross Foundation, and her work with artists has been recognized by the New York based Independent Curators International and the Andy Warhol Foundation.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Manal Kara reading.

Manal Kara

A photo of the back of Manal Kara in a white dress among red trees
Manal Kara is a Moroccan-American self-taught artist. Recent solo exhibitions include Hypothèses, Pangée, Montréal; and Conjectures, Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles. They have attended residencies at ACRE, Ox-Bow, September Spring at the Kesey Farm, Project Freewill, and Shandaken: Storm King. They will have a solo exhibition this fall with Deli Gallery, New York, and their debut collection of poems and drawings is forthcoming with M. LeBlanc gallery, Chicago.

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