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Ibrahim Mahama, Knust Museum, Drapery of coal sacks 

Ibrahim Mahama, Process, Accra

Ibrahim Mahama, installation view, Jamestown, Accra, 2013

Ibrahim Mahama creates site-specific installations using commonplace and readily-available materials, whilst questioning what the provenance and former use of these material impart on their new formation. Many of these materials have a long production history in Ghana, such as jute sacks, imported by the Ghana Cocoa Board and reused by charcoal sellers. In this particular work these new constructions are then installed back into the sections of street markets the sacks in their original form were sold in. Nana Oforiatta-Ayim describes it thus:
“His epic installations move out onto the street, into market places, under abandoned railway bridges, rendering what is unseen, - layers upon layers of rubbish, degradation normalised and neglected by inhabitants and governments, -visible. “

It is clearly important to Mahama that these works don’t exist in a bubble: the negotiations needed for the collection of the materials, the production processes themselves and the installations reception are all significant.
“…each voice within that ‘public’ but private space determines the outcome of the installations.”
(Ibrahim Mahama)


Ibrahim Mahama lives and works in Tamale, Ghana. His work has been installed in various public locations in and around Kumasi and Accra, Ghana; and at KNUST Museum, Ghana.