Iman Issa – Heritage Studies, an exhibition at MACBA, Barcelona
Iman Issa (Cairo, 1979), unanimous winner of the 1st Han Nefkens Foundation – MACBA Contemporary Art Award in 2012, presents now five new works from Heritage Studies series at MACBA. With this award, open to artists of any age, gender or nationality, the Han Nefkens Foundation and MACBA wish to support international contemporary art, to create complicities and networks for the exchange of ideas, and to encourage the production of new work in Barcelona.

Issa uses non-physical material in her work, relying on fiction while exacerbating the tension between objects and the words, names and adjectives used to describe them. Initiated in 2015, Heritage Studies is a new, ongoing series, which looks to artworks, objects, and structures from the past in an attempt to understand their relevance to the present and possibly the future.

Opening: Wednesday 20 May 2015, 7.30 pm
The opening will be preceded by a public conversation between the artist Iman Issa, Han Nefkens and Bartomeu Marí.
Museum Atrium. Free admission. Booking not required. Limited places. In English with simultaneous translation.

Exhibition: 21 May – 28 June 2015

Han Nefkens Foundation
Iman Issa – Heritage Studies, an exhibition at MACBA, Barcelona                              

The ArtAids foundation was set up in 2006 at Han Nefkens’ initiative. ArtAids fights AIDS with the power of art as its most important weapon. ArtAids invites leading artists to produce work that is inspired by AIDS and related problems. These works of art are used to raise the public’s consciousness and to encourage their involvement.

Fundació Han Nefkens

The Han Nefkens Foundation is a private non-profit organisation that was set up in Barcelona in 2009 with the aim of promoting the production of contemporary artworks. The mission is to stimulate artistic creation in Barcelona by offering international artists an opportunity to create artworks and interventions in the city, and to promote other fields of contemporary creation.


Han Nefkens started to collect art in 2000. The H+F Collection, named after himself and his partner Felipe, is in long-term loan to various museums in The Netherlands and abroad. Nowadays Han Nefkens is not only active as a collector but also as an initiator of international art projects, often in collaboration with museums and other art institutions.