Igshaan Adams

Igshaan Adams (1982 - )Igshaan Adams’s practice combines performance, weaving, sculpture, and installation. Born in Bonteheuwel, a township in Cape Town, South Africa, Adams draws on his background to contest racial, sexual, and religious boundaries. This intersection remains visible throughout his practice and serves as a palimpsest upon which traces of personal histories are inscribed. Adams approaches materiality through his own subjectivity. Often, cultural and religious references are reconceptualized in surfaces that have always been present throughout his life: thread, beads, wire, linoleum, cotton twine, and fabric. His interest in material oscillates between the intuitive process of handling different substances and examining how these materials behave and transform in new contexts. Likening the material’s potential for evolution to his own, Adams broadens his ideas of selfhood in an ongoing process of covering and uncovering, doing, and undoing. Recent solo exhibitions and biennale participations include Desire Lines, The Art Institute of Chicago (2022); Kicking Dust, Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2022) and Hayward Gallery, London (2021); and59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale Di Venezia, The Milk of Dreams (2022). In 2018, Adams received the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art.