NEW YORK, NY.- Casey Kaplan
announced representation of Igshaan Adams.
Adams (b. 1982, Cape Town, South Africa) multi-disciplinary practice is an ongoing examination of hybrid identity, exploring notions of race, religion, and generational trauma. Adams combines weaving, performance, and installation in an intersection of personal history and his native Cape Town roots. Raised in Bonteheuwel, a former Cape Coloured township in Cape Town created during apartheid, the race-based legislation of the 1950s, Adams reshapes materials representative of his lineage - sourcing rope, cotton, beads, prayer rugs, garden fencing, wire, and remnants of linoleum flooring found in homes of the working class, mixed-race and black communities.
At the heart of Adams practice is the unresolved question of place. Heavily adorned, hanging tapestries mirror decorative floor patterns and simultaneously map the human markings made by daily domestic foot traffic. Wire-wrapped, ghost-like sculptures constructed from garden fencing, cotton, and mixed media either rest floor bound or hang like tangled boundaries from the ceiling that disrupt the viewers physical and mental space.
Within his performative practice, Adams invites his family members to partake in religious rituals that seek to cleanse the spirit and heal inherited trauma. Each work reflects the formal and the material qualities that exist both within South African culture and Islamic tradition, drawing on communal consciousness and experience to represent the enduring struggle to narrate an identity, to be seen.
Adams work will be included in the gallerys participation in the upcoming second edition of Art Basels Online Viewing Rooms, from Wednesday, June 17 - Friday, June 26, 2020.
Adams' first solo exhibition at the gallery is scheduled for May 2021.
In 2022, Adams will have a solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL organized by Hendrik Folkerts, the Dittmer Curator of Contemporary Art.