artist
Iman Issa
birth
Cairo, Egypt, 1979
last update
16-04-2024
Iman Issa (Cairo, 1979) lives and works between Cairo and New York, where she teaches at the Cooper Union School of Art. In a sober language, she makes installations that displace fragments of the collective memory into the realm of subjectivity, paying particular attention to commemorative monuments and their symbolism. Issa makes her installations with a critical incisiveness and visual maturity rarely found in artists of her generation. Author of a prolific body of work, she incorporates different media and techniques, paying particular attention to formal sense. Combining sculpture, photography, text, sound and video, her narrative works deconstruct the collective memory into isolated and abstract elements, yet loaded with an emotional content with which everyone can identify. Beyond their cryptic appearance, the works invite the viewer to develop new meanings. Issa connects personal history, perception and subjective experience with the forms that collectively represent history. Among others, her exhibitions include participation in the biennials of Berlin (2014) and Sharjab, UAE (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (2013); New Museum, New York (2012); KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin (2011); Sculpture Center; New York (2011); and Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo (2011). She won the Fundación Han Nefkens-MACBA Prize for Contemporary Art (2012).
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Heritage Studies 12. Astrolabe for Studying the Movement of Heavenly Bodies From Zubayr, Iraq, where it was used centuries before it became commonplace in other parts of the world. The Regional Museum of Arts and Culture Collection
2015
Iman Issa
Heritage Studies 16. Hexagon Enclosed in a Circle Found at a site of worship in Afghanistan, but the form is believed to have been copied from neighboring countries The International Museum of Ancient Arts and Culture Collection
2015
Iman Issa
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[5246_001_pub / Imatge] Material for a Sculpture Commemorating The Life of a Soldier Who Died Defending His Nation Against Intruding Enemies
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[5247_001_hist / Imatge] Material for a Sculpture Commemorating an Economist whose Name Now Marks the Street and Squares He Once Frequented
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