Lecture: Ibrahim Mahama
26 May 2022
Thanks to the collaboration between Museion and the Free University of Bolzano – Faculty of Design and Art, in May 2022 the museum program is enhanced by a common project featuring the Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama. At the same time as his teaching semester in Artistic Production, at the faculty of Design and Art, Museion has organized a brief artist’s residency at its Studio House, that will culminate on 26 May at 7.00pm with a keynote lecture that is open to the public.
This meeting will be an opportunity to present Mahama’s art to the Museion public, and university students, and, in particular, his latest project that focuses on his hometown of Tamale in Ghana. Here, in 2019, the artist founded his Savannah Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA), a location that is a research center, an exhibition hall and an artist’s residency combining contemporary art, experimentation and social engagement projects.
Mahama uses the transformation of materials to explore themes of commodity, migration, globalization and economic exchange. His large-scale installations often employ materials recovered from urban environments, such as remnants of wood, or jute sacks which are stitched together and draped over architectural structures. The process of negotiation and exchange by which Mahama obtains the materials he uses in his projects plays a significant role in his work.
Mahama will give his talk in English.
The collaboration between the Free University of Bolzano and Museion is part of the Museion Academy project program. This includes a series of collaborations with university institutions and research centers, offering courses focused on education and contemporary culture given by internationally acclaimed academic experts.
Photo: Peter Rosemann
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