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Current Exhibition

SELECTED WORKS BY Ibrahim Mahama

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Ibrahim Mahama
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2013

Draped jute sacks wall installation

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Public art’s main virtue is to exist beyond the imposed hierarchies of museum and galleries. Out in the open the works, orphans of preconceptions, confront an unacquainted public, perhaps igniting a sense of wonder.
Ibrahim Mahama’s spectacular installations of sewn coal sacks are the result of his investigation of the conditions of supply and demand in African markets. The final product – the art – is equally displayed in market places thus defying the artifacts’ intrinsic value system.
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Ibrahim Mahama
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Kawokudi installation with wax print panels

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Mahama produces the large draping surfaces by carefully assembling sacks imported by the Ghana Cocoa Board and repurposed by charcoal sellers. The sacks present patches, markings and traces of traders’ names and locations on their rough brown skin, which map out the many transits they endure as vessels of commodities. The artist occasionally decorates them with the insertion of mass-produced Chinese–African print patchwork adding yet another layer of interpretation of the global movement of goods. The fact that fabric constitutes a marker of identity as well as a sign of particular occasions in the African context turns these insertions into a kind of portraiture of the wearers.
Wrapped around heaps of merchandise in the market place or embracing the contours of a museum building, the spreads of jute fibres become an oversized socio political inquiry of the origin of materials, referencing what is normally hidden for the sake of concept or form. Ibrahim Mahama denudes the transits and ownerships of jute sacks along their lives as porters of goods, rendering visible the mechanisms of trade which define the world’s economy.

Text © Gabriela Salgado






Other artists in
Artists in future exhibitions

Dawit Abebe    Caroline Achaintre    Rebecca Ackroyd    Mequitta Ahuja    Markus Amm    Marie Angeletti    Helene Appel    Ivan Argote    Dan Attoe    Diann Bauer    Michael Bauer    Dan Bayles    Whitney Bedford    Simon Bedwell    Anna Freeman Bentley    Emilia Bergmark    Eduardo Berliner    Katherine Bernhardt    Gabriele Beveridge    Richard Billingham    Alina and Jeff Bliumis    Jean-François BoclĂ©    Shannon Bool    Armand Boua    Gabriella Boyd    Matti Braun    Bozidar Brazda    Jonny Briggs    Clayton Brothers    Joey Bryniarska    Agnieszka Brzezanska    Jelena Bulajic    Alida Cervantes    Loz Chalk    Ronin Cho    James Clarkson    Lucy Coggle    Andy Collins    Inez de Coo    Jessica Craig-Martin    Justin Craun    Alexandre da Cunha    Ana Cvorovic    Dexter Dalwood    Ian Davis    Nicholas Dedics    Tomory Dodge    Robert Dowling    Stef Driesen    Howard Dyke    Ara Dymond    Judith Eisler    Annabel Emson    Carlos Noronha Feio    Dee Ferris    Aaron Fowler    Michael Fullerton    Dmitri Galitzine    Julia Goldman    NoĂ©mie Goudal    Joanne Greenbaum    Elias Hansen    Hilary Harnischfeger    Chris Hawtin    Kati Heck    David Herbert    Patrick Hill    Mira Hnatyshyn    Dan Holdsworth    Phillipa Horan    Shara Hughes    Elliot Hundley    Tom Hunter    Jessica Jackson Hutchins    Diego Mendoza Imbachi    Merlin James    Tillman Kaiser    Alice Könitz    Ian Kiaer    Terence Koh    John Korner    Ulrich Lamsfuss    Liane Lang    Molly Larkey    Paul Lee    Andrea Lehmann    Juliette Losq    Christina Mackie    Miltos Manetas    Jill Mason    Jorge Mayet    Claire McArdle    Ella McCartney    Lucy McKenzie    Martin McMurray    Ryan McNamara    Robert Melee    Aleksandra Mir    Ian Monroe    Kristine Moran    Eduard Moreno    Yasumasa Morimura    Luisa Mota    Nick Nowicki    Matt O'dell    Alejandro Ospina    Marco Palmieri    Selma Parlour    Oliver Perkins    Marius Pfannenstiel    Alejandra Prieto    Arthur Prior    Laure Prouvost    Max Prus    Neil Raitt    Sean Raspet    Brian Reed    Scott Reeder    Halsey Rodman    Florian Roithmayr    Ruth Root    Stefan Sandner    Hideyuki Sawayanagi    Amba Sayal-Bennett    Anne Kathrin Schuhmann    Michael Schultz    Dallas Seitz    Macrae Semans    Conrad Shawcross    Jamie Shovlin    Allison Smith    Agathe Snow    Anne Speier    Jeni Spota    Martina Steckholzer    Ruby Sky Stiler    Jack Strange    Miriam Sweeney    Shaan Syed    Emma Talbot    Mateo Tannatt    Stephanie Taylor    Adam Thompson    Philipp Timischl    Rafal Topolewski    Maximilian Toth    Ryan Trecartin    Caroline Walker    Ben Washington    Chuck Webster    Garth Weiser    Aaron Wexler    Poppy Whatmore    Julia Whiting    Jenny Wiener    Paula Wilson    Susanne M. Winterling    Saskia Olde Wolbers    Joel Wyllie     Yeesookyung    Haeri Yoo

Ibrahim Mahama's BIOGRAPHY

Ibrahim Mahama
Born in 1987, Tamale, Ghana
Lives and works in Tamale, Ghana



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2013
Kawokudi Coal Sack Installation, Accra, Ghana
Nima Coal Sack Installation, Accra, Ghana
Adum Coal Sack Installation, Railway Station, Kumasi, Ghana
Jute, What Is Art? K.N.U.S.T Museum, Kumasi, Ghana

2012
Sisala Coal Market, Coal Sack Installation, Newtown, Accra, Ghana
Trading Identities, Installation, MFA Block, Kumasi Ghana

2011
The colonized body, Installation, Kokomlemle, Accra Ghana

2010
Class and Identity, Installation, K.N.U.S.T, Kumasi Ghana

2009
Purity? Cultures of display, Installation, Bomso, Kumasi, Ghana


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Illumination, Installation, K.N.U.S.T Museum, Kumasi, Ghana

2009
Hatching Out, K.N.U.S.T Museum, Kumasi, Ghana