LondonIgshaan Adams: Kicking Dust
The South African artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK is a major new installation with woven tapestries and suspended sculptures
The 2018 winner of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award, Adams lives and works in Cape Town.
Adams’ cross-disciplinary practice combines aspects of weaving, sculpture and installation whilst exploring concerns related to race, religion and sexuality.
Drawing on the material and formal iconographies of Islam, his intricate textile works also reference the socio-political histories of creole communities.
The exhibition takes the form of a single immersive environment. It consists largely of new works that have been produced for the occasion.
Each work, and the exhibition as a whole, is composed of multiple patterns. These explore the potential of woven material to reflect the multiplicities of Adams’ own identity and of broader cultural interchange.
Throughout the exhibition, Adams builds on this sense of movement and journeying. Visitors encounter pathways through the gallery created by the placement of weavings on the floor.
The pathways resemble tectonic forms, like the nature of the weave itself. They evoke ‘desire lines’, paths that pedestrians take intuitively rather than following set routes.
For Adams, desire paths are human traces in a terrain that represent both freedom and transgression. This sense of ‘desire’ comes across strongly in Adams’ practice as he seeks to liberate himself from homogenous constructs of identity.
Installation view of Igshaan Adams Kicking Dust at Hayward Gallery, 2021 © Igshaan Adams, 2021. Photo Mark Blower