Iman Issa, ‘Material for a sculpture commemorating a blind man who became a great writer, opening up to unparalleled world of possibilities to the people of his nation’, 2012, Belvedere 21

Installation view

Image rights: Courtesy of Belvedere, Vienna

"21er Raum: Iman Issa - Material"

21er Haus, Vienna (2015)

About Iman Issa

Iman Issa is known for her politically inflected and civically engaged conceptual sculpture. Issa was first a student of political science and philosophy in Cairo before switching to painting. Her first works included postcards, posters for public buses, and proposals for kiosks. She then became interested in how memory functions in familiar and unfamiliar spaces in both intimate and public scales. Her “Triptych” series (2009) for example, are three-part sculptures, each featuring an array of objects relating to places of personal significance for the artist. Since 2010, Issa has been working on a series of proposals for alternatives to the public monuments of her childhood that she believes have failed in some way. Issa is also a recipient of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize.

Egyptian, b. 1979