Ibrahim Mahama Is Involved In A Serious Car Accident Near Offinso-Kumasi.
Ibrahim Mahama is a Ghanaian Artist and monumental installation artist. He lives and works in Tamale, Ghana, and was in a major car accident at Offinso last night on his way from Kumasi to Tamale.
He posted the news on his social media accounts, saying:
“The bus we are traveling from kumasi to Tamale in is involved in an accident near Offinso Kumasi. Luckily no one died. It was due to the recklessness of the driver and the company has made no effort to send in another bus to help the passengers. Thank God for sparing us this one”
Ibrahim Mahama Biography
Artist Ibrahim Mahama is recognized for large-scale works built from materials with particular meaning to Ghana’s past and present, and is concerned with value, global commerce, and the detritus of colonialism.
Mahama was born in the Ghanaian city of Tamale in 1987. He graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, with a BFA in Painting in 2010 and an MFA in Painting and Sculpture in 2013.
Mahama is most known for his large-scale jute sack installations. Jute bags are used in marketplaces and to convey items such as food, charcoal, and coal, and are made in Southeast Asia before being imported to Ghana.
The sacks, according to Mahama, represent a complicated system of global trading and a preference for products above people in terms of freedom of movement. He frequently collaborates with collaborators to sew ragged sacks together to construct massive patchwork quilts that are draped over structures such as theaters, museums, and apartments.
When Mahama used jute sacks to encapsulate public constructions in Athens for documenta 14 and a large outdoor hallway in the Arsenale complex during the Venice Biennale in 2015, he earned international notice.
The artist held his first solo exhibition at White Cube in London two years later. Fragments is based on Ayi Kwei Armah’s eponymous 1970 novel, which investigates the relationship between the individual and society in a newly independent Ghana against a backdrop of materialism, moral rot, and civic corruption.
The monumental sculpture Non-Orientable Nkansa (2016), for which Mahama collaborated with dozens of collaborators to create replicas of the small wooden boxes commonly used in Ghana to house tools for polishing and repairing shoes, and when flipped upside down to drum for business, was the focal point of the White Cube show.
In 2019, Mahama returned to Venice to represent Ghana at the 58th Venice Biennale. The Ghanian Pavilion, curated by Nana Oforiatta Ayim and designed by Sir David Adjaye (with the late Okwui Enwezor as strategic advisor), featured Mahama’s work alongside that of El Anatsui, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Felicia Abban, John Akomfrah, and Selasi Awusi Sosu.
A Straight Line Through the Carcass of History, Mahama’s work, consisted of a bunker-like installation of mesh cages normally used to smoke fish, exercise books, maps, and smoked fish bits.
Parliament of Ghosts
Mahama also organized the exhibition Parliament of Ghosts at Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery in 2019. The show began with the construction of Ghana’s railway infrastructure during British colonial control to aid in the extraction of natural resources. Mahama brought 120 scratched, plastic seats from second-class trains into the museum, as well as historical images and bits of leather from first-class carriages, to confront viewers with graphic evidence of broken infrastructure and colonial inequity.
The artist’s work was shown at White Cube in a display titled Lazarus in 2021. The exhibition’s point of departure is ‘Nkrumah Voli-ni,’ a building in Tamale, Ghana, that the artist owns, lives in, works in, and intends to convert into a cultural institution.
Since 2015, Mahama has been shooting and investigating silos, and Nkrumah Voli-is ni’s a Brutalist-style silo that was erected to store grain and other foods during the post-independence era. It was abandoned in 1966 and now serves as a home to a variety of creatures, including a colony of bats that Mahama has decided to conserve and co-habit with. The show explores the passage of time, the concept of obsolescence, and the possibility of regeneration.
Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art
Mahama’s work is also visible in the public realm. He founded the Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art in Tamale in 2019 as an artist-run hub for research, participation, and artist residencies. He also launched Red Clay, a sibling organization in Ghana’s Northern Region.
Art in the public realm
Mahama’s large-scale sculpture 57 Forms of Liberty (2021), an inverted industrial tank, is on display on the High Line in New York City from April 2021 to March 2022.
Awards and citations
Theafricareport.com ranked Mahama as the 73rd most influential African in 2019. He was one of six artists shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth commissions in Trafalgar Square between 2022 and 2024, which will be completed in 2022 and 2024.