Ibrahim Mahama

Ghanaian, b. 1987

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Ibrahim Mahama

Ghanaian, b. 1987

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In his installations and wall-based works, Ibrahim Mahama considers the ways in which capital and labor are expressed in common materials. Included in the 2015 Venice Biennale, Mahama is best known for his use of jute sacks, cloth bags once used to carry cocoa and now employed as vessels for coal. Each sack is inscribed with names and embellished with regional patterned fabrics. “The coal sacks began as an extension of how the body could be looked at. It contains all these system and makings of original owners, which have been transferred from the bodies creating a link between the two forms,” the artist has said. Mahama’s immersive installations, which are installed in both art spaces and public markets, draw attention to the global transportation of goods across borders.

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Tel Aviv Museum of Art
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Biography

In his installations and wall-based works, Ibrahim Mahama considers the ways in which capital and labor are expressed in common materials. Included in the 2015 Venice Biennale, Mahama is best known for his use of jute sacks, cloth bags once used to carry cocoa and now employed as vessels for coal. Each sack is inscribed with names and embellished with regional patterned fabrics. “The coal sacks began as an extension of how the body could be looked at. It contains all these system and makings of original owners, which have been transferred from the bodies creating a link between the two forms,” the artist has said. Mahama’s immersive installations, which are installed in both art spaces and public markets, draw attention to the global transportation of goods across borders.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition
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