Friends Themes: “Transform”, with Igshaan Adams and Derek Gripper


Friends themesPart of the Themes series
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Date: 14 March, 2018
Start time: 06:00 p.m.
End time: 08:00 p.m.
Venue: SA Museum, TH Barry Theatre, CBD, Cape Town
Ticket: R100 for members; R120 for non-members; R50 for student non-members, R0 for student members

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“Themes” is a series looking at some of the broad concepts that drive creativity, across the disciplines – visual arts, music, performance, architecture and design.  For each concept, two creatives are invited to consider how a particular theme informs their work.

The first of the series looks at “transformation” with visual artist Igshaan Adams and musician Derek Gripper.  Whist transformation is fundamental to making original work it is not always possible for an audience to observe the change.  The work of the two speakers provides this opportunity as it could be said that their work is about transformation.

Igshaan Adams, recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year award 2018, is best known for his tapestries woven using beads, string and other materials some of which are found.  The Islamic prayer mat may have been a source of reference and though still visibly discernible, the art work is the artistic journey Adams takes to make the work, reflecting upon his experiences of racial, religious and sexual liminality.

Find out more about Igshaan Adams

Derek Gripper, whilst Cape Town-based, is rarely at home for he’s more often found performing and lecturing around the world.  Gripper’s projects include scoring West African kora (a string instrument) music and Bach’s solo violin compositions for classical guitar.  His scoring is no mere transcription, instead we simultaneously hear the original and the new, and in this way, the flux between the different cultures and eras.

Find out more about Derek Gripper 

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Event Details

Date: 14 March, 2018

Start time: 06:00 p.m.

End time: 08:00 p.m.

Venue: Iziko South African National Gallery, Company’s Garden, CBD, Cape Town