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Ibrahim Mahama: Freedom and Art Production

September 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Drawing from social practice, Ibrahim Mahama explores the poetics of labour and the spectral politics of global trade, as engraved in the failure, decay, rupture, and resilience of materials and structures. With the collaboration of an ever-expanding network of people, he has created large-scale public interventions sewing together worn jute sacks formerly used to extract cocoa and charcoal from Ghana: as in “Out of Bounds” for the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), and “Check Point” for Documenta14 (2017). Occupying spaces and buildings not as mere canvases but as core elements of his artworks, he aims to dig into, and question, how defunct structures of power may continue to inform everyday practices, and set the ground for lasting social change.

Ibrahim Mahama is a contemporary artist based in Ghana, founder of the Savanah Center for Contemporary Art in Tamale. He received the prestigious DAAD fellowship for visual arts in 2017–18, and his work has been featured in various global platforms as the Venice Biennale in 2015, 2017, and 2019; Documenta in 2017; and the Norval Foundation in 2018.


September 27, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140
800 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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