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Current Exhibition

SELECTED WORKS BY Ibrahim Mahama

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2014

Coal sacks

183 x 213 cm
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2014

Coal sack

183 x 213 cm
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Ibrahim Mahama
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2014

Coal sack

183 x 213 cm
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Ibrahim Mahama
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2014

Coal sack

183 x 213 cm
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Ibrahim Mahama
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2014

Coal sack

2014
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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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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

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