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    Igshaan Adams: a private view with Nowness

    From May to July 2021 we hosted Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust, an exhibition which showcased Adams cross disciplinary approach; one which combines aspects of weaving, sculpture and installation.

    Exploring concerns related to race, religion and sexuality, Kicking Dust existed in our gallery as a single immersive environment. Adams’ intricate textile works also reference the socio-political histories of creole communities in South Africa’s Cape Town, where he grew up.

    This film, produced in partnership with Nowness and Kunsthalle Zürich, takes a closer look at the exhibition, and gains an insight from the artist himself. Adams discusses how his early years, growing up in aprtheid era South Africa shaped his approach, and how the process of weaving, losing oneself in the repetitive motions, can offer a form of escapism.

    Artist Igshaan Adams speaks to camera whilst seated in the cafe of the Hayward Gallery
    screengrab from video: FOR BLOG USE ONLY

    ‘My work deals with my lived experience, growing up in Cape Town in the 1980s during the last part of the apartheid era’

    Igshaan Adams
    Installation view of Igshaan Adams Kicking Dust at Hayward Gallery, 2021 © Igshaan Adams, 2021. Photo Mark Blower
    Installation view of Igshaan Adams Kicking Dust at Hayward Gallery, 2021 © Igshaan Adams, 2021. Photo Mark Blower
    Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust

    Igshaan Adams Kicking Dust was at Hayward Gallery from 19 May to 25 July 2021