Ibrahim Mahama: Celebrating Black Excellence In Fine Arts

by Duke Magazine

Ibrahim Mahama is a Ghanaian artist and author. His arts in monumental installations is indeed a reverence to the creativity of a quintessence of Black excellence. Born in 1987, Mahama’s enthusiasm in arts has grown to become a state-of-the-art curation in Africa and the world at large. He became the youngest artist to feature in the Ghana Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale. Having had his work showcased at the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in Italy All The World’s Futures created by Okwui Enwezor in 2015, Mahama has gone out to make an impress in the world of arts.

His solo shows includes Material Effects, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA (2015) and Civil Occupation, Ellis King, Dublin (2014); Factory machines and trucks, Kumasi, Ghana (2013) and Cannon Wax, Jamestown, Accra, Ghana (2013).

Mahama has had exhibitions in various locations in and outside Africa. They include Edson Chagas / Ibrahim Mahama, Apalazzo Ggallery, Brescia, Italy (2015); Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK (2015); Pangaea II New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2015); Material Effects, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum Michigan State University, Michigan, USA (2015) and Silence between the Lines: Anagrams of emancipated Futures, K.N.U.S.T, Jackson, Contemporary Art Centre, Ghana (2015).

In 2019, Mahama started the Savannah Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA) in his hometown, Tamale, Ghana. Also, he 120 scratched second-class train seats through a parliament he calls the “parliament of ghost”, which is a replica of Ghana’s parliamentary chamber. The parliament of ghost was installed at the Whitworth Art gallery in Manchester.

In recognition of his contribution to African development through art, the 33-year-old artist was named in the list of 100 most influential Africans 2019/2020 by The Africa Report.

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