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Igshaan Adams

South Africa

1982 –

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  • Details

    Media categories
    Textile , Installation
    Materials used
    cotton thread, stones, glass and plastic beads and tea
    272.0 x 232.0 x 5.0 cm
    Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest and with the support of Geoff Ainsworth and Johanna Featherstone 2021
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Igshaan Adams
    Artist information
    Igshaan Adams

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Igshaan Adams’ delicate veil demarcates a domestic threshold that is also a spiritual one. Titled threshold, this veil of hand-dyed and meticulously beaded cotton evokes the beaded strings that hang between the rooms of houses, but is also a delicate portrait of the worn patterns of a prayer mat that was gifted to Adams, who was raised Muslim. The intricate beading and dyeing of the work suggest an act of devotional, prayerful labour in a domestic setting, recalling Adams’ own introduction to textile art by an aunt. In inviting us to look through this veil and imagine moving through it, Adams also contemplates the movements – through ideas, faiths and traditions – that have defined his own life as a queer, practising Muslim who has had to, and continues to, navigate his faith and his sexuality.

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