Ibrahim Mahama (Ghanaian, born 1987) Navrongo, 2017

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Lot 11
Ibrahim Mahama
(Ghanaian, born 1987)
Navrongo, 2017

Sold for US$ 27,575 inc. premium
Ibrahim Mahama (Ghanaian, born 1987)
Navrongo, 2017
inscribed 'AP1' (verso)
mixed media, tarp, burlap, string and plastic
269.24 x 325.1cm (106 x 128in).

Footnotes

  • Ibrahim Mahama is one of the most exciting contemporary artists to emerge from Ghana. Hailing from the northern city of Tamale in Ghana, Mahama is a graduate of the esteemed Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi.

    His work often focuses around the themes of globalization and commodity, which is evident in the present lot Navrongo. Made up of different jute sacks, which at one point would've contained cocoa beans, they are now all stitched together as one. Jute sacks are common place in Ghana, fabricated in South East Asia, they were imported by the Ghana Cocoa Boards to transport cocoa beans and later various other commodities.

    "You find different points of aesthetics within the surface of the sacks' fabric. I am interested in how crisis and failure are absorbed into this material with a strong reference to global transaction and how capitalist structures work."

    Mahama currently lives and works in Accra, Ghana and has exhibited widely. He was featured in Ghana's first national pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale in May 2019, and at Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017.

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  • Provenance: Acquired from the Apalazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy; A private US collection.
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