Ibrahim Mahama
Born in 1987 in Tamale, Ghana. Lives and works in Tamale.
Ibrahim Mahama creates spaces of social intervention that probe the boundaries between artistic antagonism and civil participation. Exploiting materiality as a form of critique, Mahama’s preferred medium is that of the burlap sack – particularly those imported by the Ghana Cocoa Board and repurposed by charcoal sellers. In revealing their transits Mahama renders visible the mechanisms of trade that define a global economy. His Untitled series constituted several site-specific instillations of vast woven burlap, sewn by local workers and traders, that transformed various public sites in Accra, Ghana. Mahama has exhibited in various locations in and around Kumasi and Accra as well as at the KNUST Museum in Kumasi. Exhibitions further afield include Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America, at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK in 2015; and Edson Chagas / Ibrahim Mahama, at APALAZZOGALLERY in Brescia, Italy in 2015, curated by Osei Bonsu. Mahama was selected by Okwui Enwezor for the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy, entitled All the Worlds Futures.
Ibrahim Mahama, 'Out of Bounds', 2014 -2015, Coal sacks, metal tags and jute ropes on coal sacks, 56th Venice Biennale, Courtesy of the artist and APALAZZOGALLERY|Ibrahim Mahama, 'Ayishetu', 2014u2028, C-Type print on Dibond, Edition of 3 + 2 A.P, 65 x 97.5 cm, Courtesy of the artist and A Palazzo Gallery

Artists 2014