Installation view of Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust at Hayward Gallery, 2021 (© Igshaan Adams, 2021; photo by Mark Blower)
LONDON — Drama and dance materialize in knotty, tangled masses of beads and wire floating in the air at the Hayward Gallery. For his first solo exhibition in the UK, Kicking Dust, South African artist Igshaan Adams explores religion, race, and domestic life as sites of contestation and comfort through the craft of weaving. Contained within one large room, the exhibition employs floor, wall, and ceiling to display his woven textile works and hanging sculptures, which comprise an assemblage of materials — bead, rope, wire, steel, fabric, wood, and bone — from Cape Town, where the artist was born and currently lives and works. Made with the help of up to four women weavers as well as his family members, who are regularly involved in his practice, the work intimates a sense of community.