Igshaan Adams: Cross-Disciplinary Art Exploring Identity at The Hepworth Wakefield

Igshaan Adams Cross-Disciplinary Art Exploring Identity at The Hepworth Wakefield



South African artist Igshaan Adams presents a new exhibition featuring an amalgamation of weaving, sculpture, and installation. Born in the once-segregated township of Bonteheuwel in Cape Town, Adams utilises his art to delve into themes of race, religion, and sexuality.

Themes and Techniques

  • Influence of childhood memories and familial networks
  • Employment of diverse materials such as beads, seashells, gemstones, and glass
  • Mapping politically charged spaces and generational trauma
  • Combining cultural and religious references

“I’m interested in the personal stories recorded on the surface. What is recorded is not necessarily always a factual account but can be what is imagined – a combination of myth-making and meaning-making.”

— Igshaan Adams

Artistic Impact

Adams’ intricately designed textiles and tapestries are not mere artworks but narratives that intertwine multiple dimensions of his life. They serve as both cultural annotations and deeply personal reflections.

Exhibition Information

Dates: 21 June – 3 November 2024

Entry Fees: £12 / £10 / FREE for Members, Wakefield District residents and under 18s

Ticket includes entry to all gallery spaces on the day of the visit.

image: Installation view of Igshaan Adams, Kicking Dust at Hayward Gallery, London, England, 19 May – 25 July 2021. © Igshaan Adams. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and blank projects. Photo: Mark Blower

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The Hepworth, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW
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21st Jun - 3rd Nov, 2024
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