Category: Ibrahim Mahama

Ibrahim Mahama | The Crisis And Failure Absorbed Within

Ghanian artist Ibrahim Mahama is known for using discarded common-place items from his home country as materials for his sculptures and outdoor installations. These items have embedded within them, a certain history of both the passage of time from their previous owner’s usage and of the historical relevance, the marking of a certain epoch in the history of a place, which has cultural significance.

Out Of Bounds (2015) Ibrahim Mahama
Out Of Bounds (2015) Ibrahim Mahama

In what’s known as the ‘Occupation’ series of works, he has taken thousands of used jute sacks, bartered from migrant workers in Ghana, sewn them together and draped them over the facades of institutional buildings and museums in Ghana and Europe. These sacks have a certain history embedded within them; made from labourers in South Asia, they have been imported to Ghana initially to carry cocoa, but often find subsequent uses in carrying other commodities such as coal and ultimately might end up being a domestic door mat or a fire extinguisher, due to their strength and water retentive abilities.

Untitled (2013) Mallam Atta Market, Accra
Untitled (2013) Mallam Atta Market, Accra

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