Installation view: Iman Issa: Heritage Studies, Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2015 Photo: STUDIO LHOOQ.
Iman Issa’s multimedia works explore the relationship between history, memory, language, and objects. Her projects typically incorporate multiple pieces that are themselves comprised of multiple forms. Recent installations have allowed Issa, who also writes fiction and essays as part of her practice, to investigate historical works of art through poetic, written descriptions and varied interpretative forms. Issa’s modest but beautifully crafted objects, short videos, snapshot-like photographs, and accompanying texts use language and juxtaposition to create ambiguous, but resonant tableaus.
For PAMM, Issa will present a new body of works drawn from a larger series entitled Heritage Studies. Interested in exploring the way in which historical objects resonate with (and are deployed by) the present, Issa’s exhibition will reinterpret various objects from the past as newly imagined forms. These re-envisioned works will be accompanied by interpretative texts. Embodying the cool and seductive minimalist aesthetic for which she is known, these sculptures represent a shift in scale for the artist and an expansion of her material vocabulary.
"Iman Issa: Heritage Studies" is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Associate Curator Diana Nawi and will be accompanied by an illustrated, bilingual catalogue.
A Glimpse into 2015 at PAMM: Iman Issa
The work of Iman Issa will be on display at PAMM from April 2015 to October 2015.
Iman Issa is an artist based in Cairo and New York. Her sculptural series “Heritage Studies,” 2015–, which revisits forms drawn from history, will be featured in the Twelfth Sharjah Biennial from March 5 to June 5, 2015. New iterations of this project will also be on view this year in Issa’s solo presentations at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami (April 2 to October 4) and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (May 18 to June 28).
In conjunction with her PAMM exhibition, Iman Issa discussed her new series "Heritage Studies" in which she reimagines historical objects and explores the shifting interactions between artworks, language, history and display.
Art Talk: Iman Issa was held at Pérez Art Museum Miami on April 2, 2015.