Kamau Ware


WAVES was a public work in the Seaport District consisting of four flags expressing messages of resilience and social justice. Each flag is placed six feet apart; a reminder of our collective vulnerability. Waves brought people to the Seaport for centuries. Flags are powerful symbols designating nations and values through time. Presenting flags that are in dialogue with one another and the environment illustrated a connected between the history of the Indigenous people who lived in the territories known as New York for centuries, intersecting with the arrival of Africans in the 17th century of Mannahatta. This work invites participants to contemplate how these histories have impacted our environment today while the wind makes the flags wave.

Press: Untapped New York