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    Victoria Adukwei Bulley: Until the fabric speaks & the textile is a text

    ‘Until the fabric speaks & the textile is a text’ is a poem by Victoria Adukwei Bulley, inspired by Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust at Hayward Gallery.

    Kicking Dust, the first solo exhibition in the UK by the artist Igshaan Adams is itself inspired by senses of movement. The cloud like sculptures which hang from the ceiling are inspired by the dust that billows up during the traditional indigenous Reildans dance. Whilst the pathways created between weavings on the gallery floor are a replica of the desire lines trodden by the residents of Cape Town’s Cape Flats.

    Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, writer and artist whose work has appeared widely in publications including The Poetry Review, the London Review of Books and Chicago Review. Bulley is also director of MOTHER TONGUES an intergenerational poetry, film and translation project centering the indigenous language heritages of black poets.

    The poet Victoria Adukwei Bulley examining a piece of work within Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust at Hayward Gallery
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    This poem was commissioned by Southbank Centre Literature and Hayward Gallery.

    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 until 25 July, 2021.