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Drawing upon the material and formal iconographies of Islam and colored culture, Adams’ cross-disciplinary practice is an ongoing investigation into hybrid identity and liminality, particularly in relation to race, religion, and sexuality.For When Dust Settles, Adams presents an eclectic and multi-sensory large-scale installation, bringing together aspects of sculpture, textiles, found objects, furniture and performance to create an immersive environment.‘I have always taken a personal approach to making my work,’ says Adams. ‘As soon as I’m done, I detach myself completely. For me, it’s the process of making the work that becomes meaningful. I get to understand these conflicting aspects of myself.’

Adams was the 2018 winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art. Presented annually, the prestigious award culminates in a solo presentation of the recipient’s work, launched at the National Arts Festival (NAF) in June before travelling to institutions nationwide. Following its premiere at NAF, Adams’ When Dust Settles conducted a nationwide tour of museums and institutions across seven cities.
Blank Projects, Cape Town, Africa 

Private Collection
Lot 192, Phillips New Now London, 13 July 2023


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