Iman Issa, unanimous winner of the 1st Han Nefkens Foundation – MACBA Contemporary Art Award in 2012, presents Heritage Studies at MACBA, the work she has produced as a result of winning the prize.
The opening will be preceded by a public discussion between the artist Iman Issa, Han Nefkens and Bartomeu Marí. With this award, open to artists of any age, gender or nationality, the Han Nefkens Foundation and MACBA wish to support international contemporary art, to create complicities and networks for the exchange of ideas among the five continents, and to encourage the production of new work in Barcelona.
Iman Issa (Cairo, 1979) lives and works between Cairo and New York. Her recent solo and group exhibitions include the 8th Berlin Biennial, MuHKA (Antwerp), Tensta Konsthall (Spånga), New Museum (New York), KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin), Sculpture Center (New York) and Contemporary Image Collective (Cairo). She teaches at Cooper Union School of Art, New York.
Gold does not take on any dirt. And gold, just are diamonds, is an exalted material. It possesses such a degree of abstraction that it encounters you –if you use it artistically– on an already exalted level.