Iman Issa

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  • 2021

  • 2020

  • 2019

  • 2018

  • 2017

    • Dispositiv (1) Fortlaufend, Carlier Gebauer, Berlin
    • Unfinished Conversations: New Works from the Collection, MoMA, New York Specular Windows, 21er Haus, Vienna
    • Extra Citizen, Extra City, Antwerp
    • Last Night’s Fortune Teller, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin
    • A Poet*hical Wager, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland
    • Plurivers, La Panacée, Montpellier
    • Etre Moderne: La MoMA a Paris, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
    • Pompei@ Madre. Materia Archeologica, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples
    • The Image of War, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm
  • 2016

    • Wanderlust, High Line Commission, The High Line, New York
    • But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
    • The Revolution Will Not Be Gray, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
    • Aichi Triennale: A Rainbow Caravan, Aichi Arts Centre, Aichi
    • Kaleidoscope: The Vanished Reality, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
  • 2015

    • Open Systems (curated by Sarah Mendelsohn), WUK, Vienna
    • Gallery 3010, Sfeir Semler Gallery, Beirut
    • When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out (curated by Regine Basha), Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, New York
    • Sharjah Biennial 12 (curated by Eungie Joo), Sharjah
    • 3rd Mardin Biennial: Mythologies, Mardin
    • Desires and Necessities (curated by Bartomeu Mari), MACBA, Barcelona
    • What are you doing, object? (curated by Nile Sunset Annex), Gypsum, Cairo
    • Nine Artists, Stevenson, Cape Town
    • All Watched Over (curated by Tina Kukielski), James Cohan Gallery, New York
    • Grace of Intention: Photography, Architecture and the Monumen, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
    • The Chicken and The Egg, The Chicken, RODEO London
  • 2014

    • Buildering: Misbehaving the City (curated by Steven Matijcio), Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
    • Marrakesh Biennale (curated by Hicham Khalidi), Marrakech
    • Meeting Points 7: Golden Heights Estate (curated by WHW), Para Site, Hong Kong
    • Waiting for the Wind, Experimenter, Kolkata
    • Meeting Points 7: Ten Thousand Wiles And A Hundred Thousand Tricks (curated by WHW), Beirut Art Center, Beirut
    • Conceptual and Applied III (curated by Renate Wiehager and Luca Trevisani), Daimler Contemporary, Berlin
    • Artists on Artists Lecture Series, Dia Art Foundation, New York
    • Tea with Nefertiti (curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath), Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst, Munich
    • 8th Berlin Biennial (curated by Juan. A. Gaitán), Berlin
    • Don’t You Know Who I Am? – Art After Identity Politics (curated by Andres Kreuger and Nav Haq), M HKA, Antwerp
    • The Pursuit of Public Happiness? (curated by Christine Würmell), Arratia Beer, Berlin
    • Meeting Points 7: Ten Thousand Wiles And A Hundred Thousand Tricks (curated by WHW), Institute for African Studies, Moscow
    • A Glass Darkly (curated by Nav Haq), Stroom Den Haag, The Hague
    • Proposals on Monumentality (curated by İpek Ulusoy Akgül), Green Art Gallery, Dubai
    • Pier 54 (curated by Cecilia Alemani), The High Line, New York
    • Accented (curated by Murtaza Vali), Maraya Art Center, Sharjah
    • Meeting Points 7: Ten Thousand Wiles And A Hundred Thousand Tricks (curated by WHW), CIC, Cairo
  • 2013

    • Monuments (curated by Mark Sladen), Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore
    • Le Théoréme de Néfertiti (curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath), Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
    • Speak Memory, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York
    • Utopia Starts Small (curated by Yilmaz Dziewior and Angelika Nollert), Fellbach Triennial of Small Sculpture, Fellbach
    • Where Did She Go? (curated by Tensta Konsthall), Stockholm Music & Arts, Stockholm
    • Last Year At Marienbad Redux (curated by James Voorhies), EFA Project Space, New York
    • The Fifth Dimension (curated by Monika Szewczyk), Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago
    • Meeting Points 7: Ten Thousand Wiles And A Hundred Thousand Tricks (curated by WHW), M HKA, Antwerp
    • Meeting Points 7: Ten Thousand Wiles And A Hundred Thousand Tricks (curated by WHW), Gallery Nova, Zagreb
    • Tea With Nefertiti (curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath), IVAM, Valencia
    • Homeworks 6 (curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh), Ashkal Alwan, Beirut
  • 2012

    • All That Shines Ain’t No Gold, RODEO Istanbul
    • The Ungovernables (curated by Eungie Joo), Second New Museum Triennal, New Museum, New York
    • 5th Bucharest Biennale (curated by Anne Barlow), Alert Studio, Bucharest, Romania
    • Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies (curated by Maria Lind), Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm
    • A State Of Fluidity (curated by Maha Maamoun and Sarah Rifky), Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Transmediale, Berlin
    • Remainder (curated by Alex Ross), Hilary Crisp, London
    • When It Stops Dripping From The Ceiling (curated by Bassam El Baroni), Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
    • The Political Is Collective – Factions, Art Hall Passagen, Linkoping
    • Ruptures. Forms of Public Address (curated by Saskia Bos and Steven Lam), 41 Cooper Gallery, New York
    • Unrest. Revolt Against Reason (curated by Natalie Musteata), Apexart, New York
    • Material Information (curated by Juan A. Gaitán), Permanenten West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen
    • Permanent Record for Future Investigation (curated Kamrooz Aram), Green Art Gallery, Dubai
    • Tea With Nefertiti (curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath), Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha
    • PhotoCairo 5 (curated by Mia Jankowicz), CIC, Cairo
  • 2011

    • Constellation (or the inspiration show), RODEO Istanbul
    • Propaganda By Monuments (curated by Mia Jankowicz and Clare Butcher), CIC, Cairo
    • Seeing Is Believing, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin
    • The Menasa Studio Dispatches (curated by The Island), Art Dubai Special Projects, Dubai
    • Short Stories: Iman Issa and Ben Schumacher (curated by Isla Leaver-Yap), SculptureCenter, New York
  • 2010

    • Why Not, Palace of Arts, Cairo
    • Adelaide International 2010, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide
    • A New Formalism, Bidoun Projects, Art Dubai, Dubai
    • Dwelling In Travel, Center for Contemporary Art – The Ancient Bath, Plovdiv
    • The Night Of Future Past, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto
    • Can Altay – Iman Issa, RODEO Istanbul
  • 2009

    • Trapped In Amber, UKS, Oslo
    • Totale Erinnerung, 3 Fotofestival Manneheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg, Heidelberg
  • 2008

    • Self Storage, The Hardware Store Gallery, San Francisco
    • “She Doesn’t Know It But She’s Dressed For The H-Bomb”, Tank.TV, London
    • CAIROSCAPE, Cultural Center of the City of Athens, Athens
    • Summer Screen, Spacex, Exeter
    • 7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
    • Look Around, Galleria Artericambi, Verona
    • CAIROSCAPE, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin
  • 2007

    • Memorial To The Iraq War, ICA, London
    • MFA Exhibition, Columbia University, New York
  • 2006

    • Philip, Project Art Center, Dublin
    • First Year MFA Show, Columbia University, New York
  • 2005

    • PHOTOCAIRO 3, CIC, Cairo
  • 2004

    • Mediterraneo, MACRO, Rome
  • 2003

    • Wasla Contemporary Art Workshop (curated by Mai Abu ElDahab), South Sinai
    • Open Studio, Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo
    • Going Places: A Project For Public Buses (curated by Mai Abu ElDahab), Cairo
  • 2002

    • Dar El-Hiwar, Goethe Institute, Cairo
  • 2001

    • The Opening, Falaki Gallery, Cairo

Nominations

2017

Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, New York

2012

Han Nefkenz Foundation MACBA Award for Contemporary Art, Barcelona

Abraaj Group Arts Prize, Dubai

2010

Platform Garanti CAC, Istanbul

Young Arab Theatre Fund Production Grant, Brussels

Air Antwerpen Residency, Antwerp

2009

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Grant, Beirut

2005

Martin Birnbaum Fellowship Award, New York

Iman Issa, Self-Portrait (Self as Taha Hussein), 3d prints, epoxy, acrylic, paint, metal poles, text panel, 90 x 30 x 35.5 cm, 2020. Installation view, Iman Issa, Proxies, with a Life of Their Own, Taxispalais Kunsthalle Tirol, Innsbruck, 2020

Iman Issa, Self-Portrait (Self as Taha Hussein), 3d prints, epoxy, acrylic, paint, metal poles, text panel, 90 x 30 x 35.5 cm, 2020. Installation view, Iman Issa, Proxies, with a Life of Their Own, Taxispalais Kunsthalle Tirol, Innsbruck, 2020

Iman Issa, Self-Portrait (Self as Alenka Zupančič), 3d prints, epoxy, acrylic, paint, metal poles, text panel, 62 x 46.5 x 35.5 cm, 2020. Installation view, Iman Issa, Proxies, with a Life of Their Own, Taxispalais Kunsthalle Tirol, Innsbruck, 2020

Iman Issa, Self-Portrait (Self as Alenka Zupančič), 3d prints, epoxy, acrylic, paint, metal poles, text panel, 62 x 46.5 x 35.5 cm, 2020. Installation view, Iman Issa, Proxies, with a Life of Their Own, Taxispalais Kunsthalle Tirol, Innsbruck, 2020

Iman Issa, Masks for a Multiple-Role Actor, 3d prints, wood, steel, thread, metal wire, acrylic, epoxy, paint, text panel, 2020. Installation view, Iman Issa, Proxies, with a Life of Their Own, Taxispalais Kunsthalle Tirol, Innsbruck, 2020

Iman Issa, Masks for a Multiple-Role Actor, 3d prints, wood, steel, thread, metal wire, acrylic, epoxy, paint, text panel, 2020. Installation view, Iman Issa, Proxies, with a Life of Their Own, Taxispalais Kunsthalle Tirol, Innsbruck, 2020

Iman Issa, Film-Set Prop of a Refining Facility, soil, plants, stone, steel, colour, text, 14.7 x 1.2 x 2 m, 2019. Installation view, Desert X, Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Coachella Valley, 2019

Iman Issa, Film-Set Prop of a Refining Facility, soil, plants, stone, steel, colour, text, 14.7 x 1.2 x 2 m, 2019. Installation view, Desert X, Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Coachella Valley, 2019

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies. Installation view, Unfinished Conversations: New Works from the Collection, MoMA, New York, 2017

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies. Installation view, Unfinished Conversations: New Works from the Collection, MoMA, New York, 2017

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #11, blackened wood, two painted white plinths, vinyl text, 195 x 160 cm, 2015

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #11, blackened wood, two painted white plinths, vinyl text, 195 x 160 cm, 2015

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #11, blackened wood, two painted white plinths, vinyl text, 195 x 160 cm, 2015

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #11, blackened wood, two painted white plinths, vinyl text, 195 x 160 cm, 2015

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies. Installation view, Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies. Installation view, Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies. Installation view, Sharjah Biennial 12, Sharjah, UAE, 2015

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies. Installation view, Sharjah Biennial 12, Sharjah, UAE, 2015

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies. Installation view, Whitney Biennial 2019, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Iman Issa, Heritage Studies. Installation view, Whitney Biennial 2019, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Iman Issa, Common Elements, detail, fifty-four framed text panels, fourteen framed c-prints, five sculptures, five painted wooden plinths, 54 x 36 cm, 2013

Iman Issa, Common Elements, detail, fifty-four framed text panels, fourteen framed c-prints, five sculptures, five painted wooden plinths, 54 x 36 cm, 2013

Iman Issa, Common Elements, detail, fifty-four framed text panels, fourteen framed c-prints, five sculptures, five painted wooden plinths, 54 x 36 cm, 2013. Installation view, Material for 2018, Spike Island, Bristol

Iman Issa, Common Elements, detail, fifty-four framed text panels, fourteen framed c-prints, five sculptures, five painted wooden plinths, 54 x 36 cm, 2013. Installation view, Material for 2018, Spike Island, Bristol

Iman Issa, Material for a sculpture proposed as an alternative to a monument that has become an embarrassment to its people, two light blubs, dark walnut plywood table, vinyl text on wall, 2010

Iman Issa, Material for a sculpture proposed as an alternative to a monument that has become an embarrassment to its people, two light blubs, dark walnut plywood table, vinyl text on wall, 2010

Iman Issa, Material for a sculpture commemorating the life of a soldier who died defending his nation against intruding enemies, four painted wooden sculptures, painted wooden plinth, painted wooden shelf, blank book with four inserts, vinyl text on wall, 2012

Iman Issa, Material for a sculpture commemorating the life of a soldier who died defending his nation against intruding enemies, four painted wooden sculptures, painted wooden plinth, painted wooden shelf, blank book with four inserts, vinyl text on wall, 2012

Iman Issa, Material for a sculpture representing a bygone era of luxury and decadence, brass sculpture, painted wooden plinth, vinyl text on wall, 2012

Iman Issa, Material for a sculpture representing a bygone era of luxury and decadence, brass sculpture, painted wooden plinth, vinyl text on wall, 2012

Iman Issa, Colors, Lines, Numbers, Symbols, Shapes and Images, series of six framed posters, archival inkjet prints, each 68.5 x 48 cm, 2010

Iman Issa, Colors, Lines, Numbers, Symbols, Shapes and Images, series of six framed posters, archival inkjet prints, each 68.5 x 48 cm, 2010

Iman Issa, Labouring (study for 2012), mahogany sculpture, text panel under glass, white plinth, sculpture: 39.4 x Ø18 cm, plinth: 95.2 x Ø30 cm, 2012

Iman Issa, Labouring (study for 2012), mahogany sculpture, text panel under glass, white plinth, sculpture: 39.4 x Ø18 cm, plinth: 95.2 x Ø30 cm, 2012

Iman Issa, Installation view, Lexicon, Rodeo, London, 2015

Iman Issa, Installation view, Lexicon, Rodeo, London, 2015