Skarrelbaan by Igshaan Adams | Blank Projects
According to the text that accompanies Igshaan Adams’ solo exhibition at Blank Projects in Cape Town, “skarrelbaan” is a colloquialism in the Cape dialect — a phrase that cannot be translated successfully. It refers to “a particular way of moving through the world with a wary desperation to improve one’s circumstances, to be on the skarrelbaan is to be on the lookout for good fortune, hustling for jobs, money, or food”.
Adams explores ideas of resistance and circumnavigating physical segregation and spatial planning in Cape Town by transferring satellite images onto large-scale tapestries.
There’s also what Adams refers to as “prayer clouds”, an installation of wire sculptures that represents prayers getting caught in clouds on their way to heaven.
Skarrelbaan opened on January 29 and will run until March 17. The gallery is open from 10am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays and from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.