Raval contextualizes these rare mementos — evidence of Narad’s quest — in a setting of discovery akin to an antique store or an archaeological excavation plot. The relics — photographic portraits, heirloom photo album books, cartographic drawings, gilded branches — connect visitors with unfamiliar histories from the Golden Age of Imperialism. Presented within the gallery, a recorded lecture-performance by Raval chronicles Narad’s journey, as the artist examines the curiosities on display and investigates myths that the objects invoke.
A 2022 SCAD Alumni Atelier associate, Raval will also produce an additional film for the exhibition as part of his residency that further substantiates Narad’s presence in the Americas. Through this deep dive into Narad’s archive, Raval coaxes us to ruminate on the colonial ambitions of European powers to control distant lands and to consider the curiosity-fueled voyages to unknown places made by Indigenous people from colonized lands.