Igshaan Adams was born in 1982 in Cape Town, South Africa, and is currently based there. Through performance, sculpture, and installation—using materials familiar in his everyday life, from beads and wire to linoleum and twine—he explores aspects of politics, race, and religion as they have affected both his personal history and that of his community.
His most recent solo exhibitions have been at Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, Kunsthalle Zurich, and blank projects, Cape Town (2022); the Hayward Gallery, London (2021); SCAD deFINE Art, Savannah, Georgia, USA (2020); and Akershus Kunstsenter, Oslo (2019). Group exhibitions have included Dream Home, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, the Venice Biennale, Milan Triennale, and Customs, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town (2022); A Line Beyond, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, and Slowly Arriving, Kunsthaus Baselland (2021); Mapping Black Identities, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Material Insanity, Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, Marrakech (2019). In 2018, he was Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year (Visual Art); and was selected for a six-month residency at Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, in 2022.