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Ibrahim Mahama

Ibrahim Mahama is a prominent Ghanaian artist renowned for his monumental installations and innovative approach to art.

Transformation of Found Objects

Mahama's unique artistic style involves transforming found objects, and imbuing them with new meanings through his practice. Notably, he is acclaimed for draping buildings in old jute sacks, which he intricately stitches together with a team of collaborators to create captivating patchwork quilts.

Legal Disputes and Settlements

In 2013, Mahama faced legal issues when he was sued by Stefan Simchowitz and Dublin gallerist Ellis King for refusing to authenticate derivative works produced from his installations of Ghanaian coal sacks. However, the dispute was settled in 2016.

Engagement with Ghanaian Markets and Galleries

In a bid to offer critical reflections on the value system inherent to his materials, Mahama showcases his works not only in galleries but also in Ghanaian markets, connecting his art with local communities.

International Recognition

In 2013, Mahama faced legal issues when he was sued by Stefan Simchowitz and Dublin gallerist Ellis King for refusing to authenticate derivative works produced from his installations of Ghanaian coal sacks. However, the dispute was settled in 2016.

Savannah Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA)

In 2019, Mahama founded the Savannah Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA) in Tamale, Ghana, further contributing to the cultural development of the region.

Installation Projects

Mahama's creativity extends beyond traditional exhibitions. He repurposed 120 scratched second-class train seats to create a parliament installation titled the "parliament of ghost," a replica of Ghana's parliament chamber, which was showcased at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.Mahama's artistic contributions earned him a place in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney at Artspace in 2020, further solidifying his position as a leading figure in contemporary art.

In acknowledgment of his significant contributions to the development of African art, Mahama was named the 73rd most influential African by AfricaPort.com in their list of 100 most influential Africans for the years 2019–2020.