Ibrahim Mahama
(b. 1987, Ghana)
Ibrahim Mahama graduated in Painting and Sculpture from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Began work as an artist in 2012 producing Occupations, a series of itinerant installations made in collaboration with migrant communities using industrial materials, including jute fibre sacks used to carry various commodities. His work has been included in a number of group shows including Pangea I and Pangea II at Saatchi Gallery, London and Silence Between the Lines in Ahenema Kokobeng, Kumasi including The Gown Must Go to Town, Accra and the 56. Venice Biennale, All The Words Futures.
NON ORIENTABLE NKANSA II. 1901 – 2030 is a research project, conceptually spanning a remote past to the imminent future. Through the monumental installations and photographs, it investigates the notions of labour, collaboration and collective authorship. At the PinchukArtCenter, a massive shelf has been installed to assemble and systematically organize hundreds of shoeshiners' boxes. They are partly collected, partly constructed objects of labour and exploitation that belongs to the mundane urban landscape of Accra and other places in Ghana. Made out of a variety of materials found at decaying industrial sites such as the railway and factories, they embody personal stories and individual struggles but also traces of the colonial legacy. As such they are a metaphor for looking at the current crisis both historically and globally, but also at the marginal spaces that negotiate their own significance within the larger context.
Ibrahim Mahama. Non Orientable Nkansa II. 1901-2030, 2016. Exchanged shoemaker boxes, construction boards, old train parts, mix media
Profiles of 21 Artists Shortlisted for the
Future Generation Art Prize 2017