Ibrahim
Mahama

Awardee & International Advisory Board Member

Country

Ghana

Ibrahim Mahama critically examines the impact of the material history of post-colonial Ghana within the context of global commerce.

Themes
Racial justice
Free expression / Civil society
Reexamining history
Disciplines
Visual Art
Awards

Profile

Ibrahim Mahama is a visual artist based in Ghana. Mahama is known for his large-scale installations made from jute sacks previously used to transport cocoa beans and charcoal, which are emblematic of Ghana’s commodity dependency. His work explores themes of commodity, migration, globalization, and economic exchange. Mahama’s ambitious installations often transform urban spaces and are a commentary on labor and decay.His notable projects include "Out of Bounds" at the 2015 Venice Biennale and "A Straight Line Through the Carcass of History" which has been shown in various locations worldwide, including Athens, Kassel, and New York. These works critically examine the impact of the material history of post-colonial Ghana within the context of global commerce.