Ibrahim Mahama was born in 1987 in Tamale Ghana. Mahama is an artist who lives and works in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale, Ghana. He started his practice through his interest in the history of materials and architecture.
Failure and delay through specific forms always inform his choice of sites which he believes the works do not only occupy but are also occupied within the works/objects. Mahama believes that the residues and points of chaos registered as marks within the forms he selects present us with alternative perspectives of looking into the materials/labour conditions of society. For the artist form is always important.
His work includes objects like the jute sacks used to transport commodities to the point of decay and later sewn together with a network of collaborators under specific labour conditions which is then superimposed on architecture. The politics of the hand and it’s parallel relation with architectural forms become a lot more evident.
His work, a straight line through the carcass of history also deals with forms related to the second world war and bacteria life. His work has been included in the 56, 57 and 58 Venice Biennale, documenta 14 Athens and Kassel, Orderly Disorderly, Accra, Images An Age of Our Own Making, Denmark, the island is what the sea surrounds, Valletta 18, Malta and Spectacles Spectations, Kumasi Ghana and Labour of Many at the Norval Foundation, Cape Town and currently Parliament of Ghosts at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.
Mahama also recently completed a year residency with the DAAD in Berlin. In March of 2019 he opened SCCA Tamale, which is an artist run space, built and dedicated to retrospectives of practices which emerged from the 20thcentury. The artist's current interests includie using specific architectural forms within history in the formation of spaces inspired by the potentialities and failures of modernity.