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Iman Issa

Iman Issa uses a variety of forms and strategies to investigate the political and personal associations of history, language and the object. She creates ambiguous, poetic displays through the juxtaposition of text and object. Heritage Studies, the artist’s most recent series, draws its name from a field of academic and applied inquiry that relates to the understanding and use of history. Rather than proposing a stable reading of history, Heritage Studies examine dynamic sets of relationships — between cultures, sites, and artifacts — to articulate their relevance today. They are neither formal abstractions, nor “pared-down citations of reality,“ but attempts to communicate the act of perceiving the original objects and the relevance that they might hold for the present. “What do these new elements share with their sources if it is not the material, color, appearance, or shape?“ Issa asks “...they share a speech act. They are addressing or saying something similar to each other, and it is perhaps through doing that that they become the same.“

Iman Issa (b. 1979, Cairo) lives and works in New York and Berlin. She is a recipient of the 2017 Vilcek Prize, the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, the 2013 Abraaj Group Art Prize and HNF-MACBA Award in 2012 and was nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017 among others. Upcoming solo exhibition include Spike Island, Bristol. Recent group and solo exhibitions include Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon; MACBA, Barcelona; Perez Museum, Miami; the 12th Sharjah Biennial; the 8th Berlin Biennial; MuHKA, Antwerp; New Museum, New York; and KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; MACBA, Barcelona; Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Magasin III, Stockholm among others.

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Iman Issa 
Iman Issa: Heritage Studies
Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2015 
Contributors: Diane Nawi, Ryan Inouge 
ISBN-13: 9780-6924-7915-5 

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Iman Issa 
Common Elements
Glasgow Sculpture Studios, 2015 

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Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #23, 2016 
brass, painted wood (141 x 127 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #23, 2016
brass, painted wood (141 x 127 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa,  Heritage Studies #22 , 2016 
Painted wood (68 x 245 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #22, 2016
Painted wood (68 x 245 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa,  Heritage Studies , 2015-2017 
installation view at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin 
© Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Jan Windszus

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies, 2015-2017
installation view at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
© Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Jan Windszus

Iman Issa,  Heritage Studies #11 , 2015 
Wood, two painted plinths (212,5 x 200 x 35 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #11, 2015
Wood, two painted plinths (212,5 x 200 x 35 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa,  Heritage Studies #16 , 2015 
Blackened wood (82 x 80 x 80 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #16, 2015
Blackened wood (82 x 80 x 80 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa,  Labouring (Study for 2012) , 2012 
Mahogany sculpture, text panel under glass and white plinth, 39 x 18 cm

Iman Issa, Labouring (Study for 2012), 2012
Mahogany sculpture, text panel under glass and white plinth, 39 x 18 cm

Iman Issa,  Fortune Teller (Study for 2013) , 2013 
C-print, framed, text panel under glass, 54,3 x 80,7 cm

Iman Issa, Fortune Teller (Study for 2013), 2013
C-print, framed, text panel under glass, 54,3 x 80,7 cm

Iman Issa,  Heritage Studies #17 , 2016 
Wood (200 x 55 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #17, 2016
Wood (200 x 55 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa,  Heritage Studies #20 , 2016 
Bronze, painted white box (125 x 23 x 38 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #20, 2016
Bronze, painted white box (125 x 23 x 38 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa,  Heritage Studies #19 , 2016 
Brass (250 x 67 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #19, 2016
Brass (250 x 67 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa,  Heritage Studies #18 , 2016 
Copper (200 x 25 x 35 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #18, 2016
Copper (200 x 25 x 35 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa,  Heritage Studies #7 , 2015 
Wood, painted wood (198 x 60 x 48 cm), vinyl text

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #7, 2015
Wood, painted wood (198 x 60 x 48 cm), vinyl text