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Title

Threshold

2019

Artist

Igshaan Adams

South Africa

1982 –

Alternate image of Threshold by Igshaan Adams
Alternate image of Threshold by Igshaan Adams
Alternate image of Threshold by Igshaan Adams
Alternate image of Threshold by Igshaan Adams
Alternate image of Threshold by Igshaan Adams
Alternate image of Threshold by Igshaan Adams
Alternate image of Threshold by Igshaan Adams
Alternate image of Threshold by Igshaan Adams
  • Details

    Date
    2019
    Media categories
    Textile , Installation
    Materials used
    cotton thread, stones, glass and plastic beads and tea
    Dimensions
    272.0 x 232.0 x 5.0 cm
    Credit
    Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest and with the support of Geoff Ainsworth AM and Johanna Featherstone 2021
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    43.2021
    Copyright
    © Igshaan Adams

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    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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