IBRAHIM MAHAMA


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Ibrahim Mahama was born in 1987 in Tamale, Ghana. In his installations he works with cocoa and coal jute sacks, a result of his investigation of the conditions of supply and demand in African markets. Torn, written on and transformed, the stamp PRODUCT OF GHANA still adorns the old sacks. Although his works provide a critical reflection of the value system inherent to his material, they are presented at Ghanaian markets as well as galleries. Therefore, Mahama uses a commonplace material to create an artistic vision, giving it a new significance and exhibiting it in the very same spaces it originally came from. He graduated in Painting and Sculpture from Kwame Nkrumah University in Kumasi and will be a participant of the 2015 Venice Biennale.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015

A PALAZZO GALLERY, Brescia, IT
All The World’s Futures, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, IT
Pangaea II New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

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
Factory machines and trucks, Drapery of sacks, Kumasi, Ghana
Cannon Wax print panel and coal sacks, Jamestown, Accra, 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

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice
Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London
Silence between the Lines: Anagrams of emancipated Futures, Contemporary Art Centre, K.N.U.S.T Museum, Ghana

2014

Pangaea New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Masked and Unmasked, Dak’Art OFF, Saint Louis, Senegal

2011

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

2009

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

 

RESIDENCIES

2014

OFKOB Residency, Ofoase Kokobeng, Ghana

2013

OFKOB Residency, Ofoase Kokobeng, Ghana
Gasworks Residency, London, UK

2012

Hilmsen Residency, Hilmsen, Germany

 

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