Iman Issa: Parables

18 April – 13 June 2015
Open Wed – Sat, 11am – 5pm
GSS Gallery Space


Glasgow Sculpture Studios presents Parables, an exhibition of work by Iman Issa. This is Issa’s first exhibition in a UK public institution, and GSS’ first exhibition with an Egyptian artist.

Issa’s work explores the relationship between history, memory, language, and objects. She does this through the presentation of multiple forms, including sculpture, text, video, photography and sound. Primarily interested in how forms can carry personal and political significance, her sources for the works are taken from existing material. This material is then stripped back to its essential elements and re-imagined by the artist into another form.

At GSS, Issa presents Common Elements 2013, an installation of sculpture, text panels and photographs. The work references the objects and displays at numerous museums across the world that are dedicated to subjects such as agriculture, textiles, transportation, folk art, military history, antiquity and war. The text panels are fragments taken from five autobiographies of four major public figures. The installation explores how objects, displays and text often carry inherent and generic meanings. For this exhibition, GSS has commissioned Issa to create an Artist Book to accompany the installation, which shares the same title – Common Elements. As many of her works are ongoing investigations, this publication can be read as an additional element to the installation providing a further layer and understanding of the work as a whole, but also as a stand-alone artwork.

More information via the Glasgow Sculpture Studios website.