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Ibrahim Mahama: Vanishing Points, 2014–2020

Ibrahim Mahama: Vanishing Points, 2014–2020

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Ibrahim Mahama: Vanishing Points, 2014–2020

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Exhibition Catalog

REITER, Leipzig, 2022. Published by Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld.

88 pp. 44 col. ills. 30 x 25 cm. Bilingual in English and German. Hardcover.

ISBN 9783735607782

With the exhibition "VANISHING POINTS. 2014 - 2020" at REITER, Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama (b. 1987) is realising his first solo project in a German gallery. For his site-specific installation, the artist assembles a hundred old wheelbarrows that he collected from workers in Ghana in exchange for new models. The rusty, battered wheelbarrows bear evident traces of daily hard work and can be understood as its symbols. They also represent the development that is architecturally manifested in the history of his home country. At the same time, labour is also to be seen in the context of his "Parliament of Ghosts" project initiated in Tamale (Ghana). It will serve as a forum for discursive exchange and will carry forward the idea of social sculpture. Ibrahim Mahama acquired the 100 wheelbarrows from workers in Ghana. He gave them new ones, they gave him the old. The long overdue replacement of their tools is either a simple, good barter trade, an anti-capitalist act, or action art. In the installation the wheelbarrows provide a reminder of the long history of their movements, of the physical labor, of the colonial history, the independence, the upswing, the problems, the construction ruins, the globalized trade in goods. In Ghana Ibrahim Mahama has initiated new building projects such as The Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art (SCCA) and the Red Clay Studio. Locations, not just for art exhibitions or cultural events, but also for schoolchildren who find new classrooms in airplanes. A number of the wheelbarrows also originate from these building sites.

Subject Headings: African Art ; Non-Western in a Western Style ; Western Art -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Installation Art --

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