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 World’s Futures.