- Artist Iman Issa
- Title Heritage Studies #1
- Date 2015
- Medium Blackened wood and vinyl text
Iman Issa’s work has explored the contemporary relevance of objects, ideas and modes of communication that seemingly belong to another time. Her precise compositional language – marked by familiar geometric shapes, clean lines and adaptations of museological display – mine the latent meaning and transformational potential in aesthetic forms.
As part of her series ‘Heritage Studies’ (2015-), based on existing museum objects, artworks and elements from the past, the work does not always bear physical resemblance to their historical referents, it shares similar sets of concerns. Exploring a generative rather than nostalgic approach to the past, Issa’s reimagination of historical form suggests an attempt to unfix ideas from their physical and historical strictures. The work is accompanied by a caption that borrows from the objective tone of many museums, providing descriptice cues that offer a historical anchor while casting lines of communicative possibility toward the present.