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As yet untitled
Igshaan Adams
Artwork 2019
Installation photograph from the ‘Risk’ exhibition in A4’s Gallery. In the middle Igshaan Adams’ untitled fabric installation is suspended from the ceiling with lights partially visible through the fabric.
Artwork: Igshaan Adams, As yet untitled (2019). Fabric. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and blank projects.
Artist Igshaan Adams Title As yet untitled Date 2019 Materials Fabric Dimensions Dimensions variable Credit Courtesy of the artist and blank projects

Collected under the loose description of tapestry, Igshaan Adams’ woven works offer a haptic meditation on the changeability of being, which is never static but always reworked, stitched and unstitched. To the artist, the ritual repetition necessary to his medium presents itself as spiritual simile; each bead strung a material dhikr. Much like the ninety-nine names of Allah are chanted in Sufi practice, that they might wake the dormant divine within the speaker, so weaving too is an embodied commitment to slow accumulation and transformation. Bearing witness to life’s traces and traumas as inscribed in overlooked spaces – particularly those of Bonteheuwel, a working-class suburb on the Cape Flats where Adams was raised – the artist transcribes desire lines across fields and worn paths on linoleum floors, honouring the passages of time and people that shaped them. Adams’ work is marked by both a distinct, even sensual, pleasure in the tactile, and a lyrical invocation of the immaterial; the patina of the past distilled in objects of singular beauty and quiet dedication.