Igshaan Adams: Desire Lines

Opening: Friday, Apr 1, 2022 12 – 12 pm
Sunday, Apr 2, 2023 – Aug 1, 2022

111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

Igshaan Adams: Desire Lines

Apr 2–Aug 1, 2022

Member preview: Apr 1, 2022



At the heart of Igshaan Adams’s expansive weaving practice lies a question that can be applied to the relationship we have with others as well as with ourselves: “How would you treat someone differently if you knew everything about them? Or nothing?”

In his tapestries and textile installations, Adams engages with the gaps—the information that is seemingly absent, overlooked, or rendered invisible in the spaces we inhabit individually and collectively. Through the beads, shells, glass, rope, wire, and found objects he uses to compose his weavings, Adams highlights the material aspects of lived spaces along with the personal stories held within them.


Al-Muhyee (“The Giver of Life”), 2020

Igshaan Adams. Courtesy of blank projects, Cape Town. © Igshaan Adams