artist talk: ibrahim mahama

8 December 2022 | 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm

In collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund, the Oude Kerk is hosting an artist talk with artist Ibrahim Mahama at the Trippenhuis on 8 December.

artist talk
Mahama will elaborate on the background to his new installation for the Oude Kerk. The talk will also discuss his artistic practice and his commitment to the development of culture in Ghana. Mahama founded the Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art (SCCA) in Tamale, which runs workshops for schoolchildren, among other things. In 2020, he opened the sprawling Red Clay Studio complex, with exhibition spaces, research facilities and artist residences.
After the artist talk, the Oude Kerk will be open and you can view the art installation.

about the installation
Specially for the Oude Kerk, Mahama developed an installation consisting of hundreds of sculptures and monumental drawings. The works are composed of casts of tombstones in the Oude Kerk and prints of floors and walls of (Dutch) forts along the Ghanaian coast. Mahama brings together the physical traces left by history in different places in equally tactile and robust works. In this way, he makes a shared history visible.

about ibrahim mahama
In recent years, Ibrahim Mahama (1987) has become an internationally respected artist. He lives and works between his native Tamale and the Ghanaian capital Accra. He studied painting and sculpture at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. During his university years, he embarked on a series of interventions and activities reflecting on themes of globalisation, labour and the circulation of goods, with works also created thanks to a series of collaborations with Ghanaian citizens. In 2019, he established the Savannah Centre of Contemporary Art in Tamale, which includes workshops for schoolchildren and exhibitions of Ghanaian artists. In 2020, he opened the sprawling Red Clay Studio complex, with exhibition spaces, research facilities and artist residencies. In 2020, he was awarded the Prince Claus Prize for his commitment to improving social conditions and developing culture in his home country Ghana.


Photo: Maarten Nauw


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