Igshaan Adams

A quiet activist who speaks volumes about race, sexuality and identity through his work.

Igshaan Adams is an artist who combines aspects of performance, weaving, sculpture and installation that draw upon his upbringing. His cross-disciplinary practice is an ongoing investigation into hybrid identity, particularly in relation to race and sexuality.

Raised by Christian grandparents in a community racially classified as ‘coloured’ under apartheid legislature, he is an observant but liberal Muslim who occupies a precarious place in his religious community because of his homosexuality. As such, the quiet activism of Adams’s work speaks to his experiences of racial, religious and sexual liminality.

Adams has held a number of 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). He 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.

Adams has been selected for a number of artist residencies, among them the Sommerakademie in Zentrum, Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland and the IAAB / Pro Helvetia residency, Basel, Switzerland. He lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.