Heritage Studies Iman Issa, Heritage Studies, Installation view, Mixed media, 2015-ongoing.
ACT at MIT

artistic research lunch hour

Iman Issa – Towards an Instrumental Application of  Forms  

April 12

11:00am to 12:00pm

E15-207

Iman Issa’s talk will expand on what she refers to as an “instrumental application of forms.” Discussing projects and research completed over the span of the last ten years, she will elaborate on her own approach to the terms “language” and “design” while attempting to unpack the role of sense, perception, memory, and what might be described as a personal voice in her generating of forms.

She is an artist born in Cairo and currently based in New York. Recent solo and group exhibitions have been held at MoMA, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; 21er Haus, Vienna; MACBA, Barcelona; the Perez Museum, Miami; the 12th Sharjah biennial; the 8th Berlin Biennial, MuHKA, Antwerp; Tensta Konsthall, Spånga; New Museum, New York, and KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin. 

Her book Common Elements was published by the Glasgow Sculpture Studios in 2015 and Thirty-three Stories about Reasonable Characters in Familiar Places was published by SculptureCenter in 2011. She is a recipient of the Vlcek Prize for Creative Promise (2017), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2015), the HNF-MACBA Award (2012), and the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2013).

Issa teaches at the Cooper Union School of Art.