Igshaan Adams

Igshaan Adams (born in 1982, Cape Town, South Africa) lives and works in Cape Town. He uses nylon rope, string, beads and found fabric, to create tapestries that draw upon his upbringing in the ‘coloured’ community (an Apartheid-era racial classification of communities of mixed-race origin, still used today). He is also influenced by his upbringing as a Muslim in his Christian grandparents’ home, and the precariousness of balancing his faith with his sexuality. He employs the materials and iconographies of Muslim and coloured culture, to offer a novel, affective view of cultural hybridity. as seen in his solo presentations, ‘Please Remember’ (2015) at Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam and ‘Parda’ (2015) at blank projects. Adams has also participated in numerous group shows, including ‘Furniture’ (2015) at blank projects and ‘Sacre du Printemps’ (2015) curated by AA Bronson at the Grazer Kunstverein (Graz, Austria).


2009 Diploma in Fine Art with a Distinction in Mixed Media, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town

2003 National Certificate (N6) in Art & Design, College of Cape Town

 Solo exhibitions

2018 TBA, Sabrina Amrani. Madrid
2015 Parda, blank projects, Cape Town

2015 Please Remember, A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam

2013 Have you seen Him?, blank projects, Cape Town

2013 If that I knew, Rongwrong Gallery, Amsterdam

2011 In Between, installation at Stevenson, Cape Town

2010 Vinyl, AVA Gallery, Cape Town

 Group exhibitions

2016 3 881 days, blank lab, Cape Town

2016 The 55-Minute Hour, Trubok Factory; curated by Live Art International, Cape Town

2015 Furniture: a sculpture exhibition, blank projects, Cape Town

2015 Sacre du Printemps, curated by AA Bronson, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria

2015 Barriers, Wanås Konst / The Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden

2014 next thing you know, blank projects, Cape Town

2014 Fortunes Remixed, The Bag Factory at ARTsouthAFRICA Gallery, Cape Town/ Port Elisabeth/Johannesburg

2014 No Fixed Abode, The New Church Museum; curated by Candice Allison, Cape Town

2014 Between Subject and Object: Human remains at the interface of Art and Science; curated by Josephine Higgins, Kathryn Smith and Penny Siopis, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town

2014 Blind Spot, Performance Art Programme at the South African National Arts Festival; curated by Ruth Simbao, Grahamstown

2013 Three Abdullahs, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town

2013 This is the thing, blank projects, Cape Town

2012 When Form Becomes Attitude, blank projects, Cape Town

2012 Ingekluer, Beyond The Borders, AVA Gallery, Cape Town

2012 A Century of Self, The Copy Shop, Cape Town

2011 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Stevenson, Cape Town

2011 Slices of Life, Infecting the City Public Arts Festival in the CBD, Cape Town

2010 Laboratory of Recycled Revolutions, Greatwalk and More Festival, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town

2010 Materiality, ORE Gallery, Cape Town

2010 Swallow my Pride, blank projects, Cape Town

2010 Greatest Hits 2009, AVA Gallery, Cape Town


2015 A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam

2014 Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

2013 IAAB / Pro Helvetia residency, Basel


2015 ‘Islamic tradition meets post-apartheid identity in Igshaan Adams’ intricate tapestries’ by Emily Rappaport, Artsy

2015 ‘Interview with Igshaan Adams’ by Carolyn H. Drake & Fleur van Muiswinkel, Tale of a Tub

2015 ‘Faith and Ambiguity: Igshaan Adams’ Parda’ by Lloyd Pollak, Art Throb

2014 ‘Tracing Emerging Artistic Practice in South Africa’ by Houghton Kinsman, Another Africa

2012 Selected as a Young African Artist in Business Day’s Wanted magazine


2013 Popty Bach 2013, Llanfihangel-ar-Arth, Wales

2012 Participated in Thupelo 2012 hosted by The Bag Factory, Johannesburg

2010 and 2007 Koekkenaap Art Workshop organized by the Department of Arts and Culture, Cape Town

2010 Thupelo International workshop, ‘Interventions’, Cape Town

2010 One Minute Video workshop, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town

2007 The Abazobi workshop initiated by the Robben Island Museum, Cape Town

2007 The Thupelo International Art Workshop organized by Greatmore Studios, Cape Town