Young Capetonian artist wins big!

Visual artist Igshaan Adams is revolutionising the game.

The winner of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art is finding creative and refreshing ways to discuss faith, gender and identity. His lavish tapestries and sculptures are made from found fabrics, strings, beads and steel.

Feeling overwhelmed, the visual winner adds that the award means a lot because there's no application process – someone will anonymously nominate he says.

It was a funny moment because I was at a low point where things haven’t been going well for the last week and I was just questioning. Then I received this call, it was a surreal moment.

Igshaan Adams, Visual Artist

The 35-year old artist was born to Muslim parents and raised by Christian grandparents in a community racially classified as ‘coloured’ under Apartheid. As a liberal Muslim, he occupies a precarious place in his religious community because of his homosexuality.

The complexity for me in the beginning of my career made this more of a focus. The complexity of my identity around being born Muslim.

Igshaan Adams, Visual Artist

Adams work speaks to his quiet activism and experiences of racial, religious and sexual liminality while breaking with the strong, representational or figurative convention found in recent South African art. He uses the material and formaliconographies of Islam and ‘coloured’ culture to develop a more equivocal, phenomenological approach towards these concerns and offer a novel, affective view of cultural hybridity.

The visual artist has been selected for a number of artist residencies, among them the Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland and the IAAB / Pro Helvetia residency, Basel, Switzerland. His held seven solo exhibitions at blank projects (Cape Town), A Tale of a Tub (Rotterdam), Rongwrong Gallery (Amsterdam), Stevenson Gallery (Cape Town) and AVA Gallery (Cape Town).

Adams has also participated in numerous group shows both locally and internationally including: 'Les jour qui vient' (2017) curated by Marie Ann Yemsi at the Galerie des Galeries in Paris, 'Sacre du Printemps' (2015) curated by AA Bronson at the Grazer Kunstverein in Graz and 'Barriers' (2015) at the Wanås Foundation in Knislinge, Sweden.

Listen to the full interview in the link below...


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Young Capetonian artist wins big!


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

Lecturer at TUT's Dept of Tourism, Unathi Henama says that the tourism sector is at the center of the economic policies in SA.

TV presenter chats about his faith, and the role it played in creating an NGO

TV presenter chats about his faith, and the role it played in creating an NGO

Co-founder of Simunye, Danilo Acquisto, chats about how his Christian faith played a role in the conception of his initiative.

[LISTEN] Combating seasonal allergies and hay fever

[LISTEN] Combating seasonal allergies and hay fever

#WeekendBreakfast host Africa Melane chats to Professor Jonny Peter about the benefits of Rooibos tea in alleviating allergies.

Local movie, 'Die Ellen Pakkies Storie', gets noticed for all the right reasons

Local movie, 'Die Ellen Pakkies Storie', gets noticed for all the right reasons

In the movie review, producer of 'Die Ellen Pakkies Storie', Paulo Areal chats about the support they've received from making the movie.

'I'm very excited to reintroduce myself to the people' - Asanda Mqiki, musician

'I'm very excited to reintroduce myself to the people' - Asanda Mqiki, musician

Jazz vocalist Asanda Mqiki chats to #WeekendBreakfast host Africa Melane about the challenges she faced in her 1st debut album.

Feeling Art-sy? Check out these exhibitions this week

Feeling Art-sy? Check out these exhibitions this week

There are fantastic works of art all over Joburg - check out these 5 exhibitions this week.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

Lecturer at TUT's Dept of Tourism, Unathi Henama says that the tourism sector is at the center of the economic policies in SA.

We call it Heritage Day so it's more inclusive - Coconut Kelz (Lesego Thlabi)

We call it Heritage Day so it's more inclusive - Coconut Kelz (Lesego Thlabi)

In this segment of the Current Affairs with Coconut Kelz, satirical comedian Lesego Thlabi channels Kelz to chat about Heritage Day.

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

Is biology putting the brakes on your sexuality? Callers share their experiences of sex and growing older.

How to get rich by investing in smoking hot US and Canadian dagga shares

How to get rich by investing in smoking hot US and Canadian dagga shares

Returns of 500% are not unheard of. Is this another crypto-like bubble? Not in the least, says Financial Advisor Warren Ingram.

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv has lost about 140 000 Premium subscribers to Netflix over the past two years, tech expert Arthur Goldstuck.

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

What does Citadel’s famed disciple of contrarian, deep-value investing Dr Adrian Saville hope for (and fear) about money?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.