Iman Issa precise compositional language –marked by familiar geometric shapes, clean lines and adaptions of museological display –mine the latent meaning and transformational potential in aesthetic forms.

Her work has been included in recent solo and group exhibitions at the Berlin Biennale (2014); MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium (2014); Tensta Konsthall, Spånga, Sweden (2013); New Museum, New York (2012); KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin (2011); Sculpture Center, New York (2011) and the Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo (2011). Her publications include Thirty-three Stories about Reasonable Characters in Familiar Places published by the SculptureCenter, New York, 2011.

In 2012 Issa was awarded the HNF-MACBA Award and in 2013 the Abraaj Group Art Prize, UAE. She currently teaches at the Cooper Union School of Art.

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 12


Issa, Iman

Proposal for an Iraq War Memorial

Using found images and footage, Iman Issa’s proposal took the form of a video in which a female subject answers questions concerning her feelings and perceptions of the war and the landscape of Iraq.