• MAR 15
    Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
    Solo Exhibition
    special event - Igshaan adams & clare butcher

    Category

    • Solo Exhibition
    • Emerging Artists

    Dates and Opening hours

    MAR 15, 2013

    4 – 5:30 pm

    Event Location

    Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

    Amsterdam
    Netherlands

    Artists

    • Igshaan Adams

    Information

    The Stedelijk Museum, in collaboration with rongwrong Amsterdam, is delighted to announce an artist talk with South African artist Igshaan Adams and curator Clare Butcher. Adams is currently presenting an exhibition at the new art space rongwrong Amsterdam, and the conversation will focus on this show and his oeuvre in general.

    Personal stories in which notions of the queer and the playful coexist with ancestral tradition form an important element in Adams’ artistic practice. In his work, he confronts religion, including his own Muslim beliefs, and the finding of oneself within the margins of tradition. Adam’s world is made up of ritual artifacts, dreamy animals, and belated domestic objects, which he approaches with an almost adolescent belief in truth and the human spirit. The homely and the domestic aspects of his installations continually embrace and amend the metaphysical struggle of being. Feelings of exclusion and segregation border on rebellion and transformation.

    Adams writes:
    “Being born Muslim and raised by my Christian grandparents, as a male with a strong identification with women, classified as Cape Malay (of mixed race) in a social system where I am second class (not white but ‘at least not black’), a physical being with sensory perceptions, emotions and memory, I know I am so much more than what can be explained rationally and with intellect. These dualities of being have caused great internal conflict for me and yet set me on a course of self-inquiry.

    “My hybrid identity and different, often conflicting, guises form the foundation of my work. I am particularly interested in how they play out in a broader social context. I am driven by the need to unearth, unmask and unveil the mysteries hidden within the depths of the self, beyond race, class, religion, sexual orientation, and gender. Who am I, beyond my identity?”

    The Stedelijk Museum, in collaboration with rongwrong Amsterdam, is delighted to announce an artist talk with South African artist Igshaan Adams and curator Clare Butcher. Adams is currently presenting an exhibition at the new art space rongwrong Amsterdam, and the conversation will focus on this show and his oeuvre in general. 

    Personal stories in which notions of the queer and the playful coexist with ancestral tradition form an important element in Adams’ artistic practice. In his work, he confronts religion, including his own Muslim beliefs, and the finding of oneself within the margins of tradition. Adam’s world is made up of ritual artifacts, dreamy animals, and belated domestic objects, which he approaches with an almost adolescent belief in truth and the human spirit. The homely and the domestic aspects of his installations continually embrace and amend the metaphysical struggle of being. Feelings of exclusion and segregation border on rebellion and transformation.

    Adams writes: 
    “Being born Muslim and raised by my Christian grandparents, as a male with a strong identification with women, classified as Cape Malay (of mixed race) in a social system where I am second class (not white but ‘at least not black’), a physical being with sensory perceptions, emotions and memory, I know I am so much more than what can be explained rationally and with intellect. These dualities of being have caused great internal conflict for me and yet set me on a course of self-inquiry. 

    “My hybrid identity and different, often conflicting, guises form the foundation of my work. I am particularly interested in how they play out in a broader social context. I am driven by the need to unearth, unmask and unveil the mysteries hidden within the depths of the self, beyond race, class, religion, sexual orientation, and gender. Who am I, beyond my identity?”

    - See more at: http://www.stedelijk.nl/en/40051/special-event-igshaan-adams-clare-butcher#sthash.KpRO8VSr.dpuf

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