help with our newest exhibition

25 and 26 June 2022

Work on Ibrahim Mahama’s art project for Oude Kerk this weekend.

On November 5th, Oude Kerk welcomes the new presentation by the Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama. His research for the development of his new, site-specific installation for the church space of the Oude Kerk is currently underway. Will you help us prepare for our latest art installation?

What is going to happen?

Ibrahim is making an installation of hundreds of objects inspired by the floor of gravestones in the Oude Kerk. He wants to ‘traverse’ the tombstones: making a copy by placing a sheet of paper on the tombstone and rubbing it with charcoal. He will use these tracings to create new works of art that will form a temporary combination with the gravestones in Oude Kerk and casts from various locations in Ghana, mainly from the forts and castles on the cape coast.

The floor of Oude Kerk consists of as many as 2,000 tombstones. Even though we are not going to cover them all, we can still use the help of the public. This weekend (Saturday 25th and Sunday 26nd of June) you can come and help us cover the headstones. In return for your help, you will receive free admission to the Oude Kerk for Antonia Obá’s current exhibition and, of course, for Ibrahim Mahama’s exhibition in November.

About Ibrahim Mahama

Mahama’s large-scale installations, which he often makes in collaboration with others, address important issues of our time, both globally and specifically in relation to his home country of Ghana. Migration, border crossing, movement (as exchange of trade) of goods and people, recovery and reuse of materials, reinterpretation of architectures, these are his main areas of research in a nutshell. The floor of the Oude Kerk is an important inspiration for his latest work.


Ibrahim Mahama was born in Tamale, Ghana, in 1987. Mahama currently lives and works between Accra and Tamale, where in 2019 he opened the Savannah Centre of Contemporary Art (SCCA), a museum space run by a group of artists and curators active in Ghana, followed by the opening of a sprawling studio complex named Red Clay, in nearby Janna Kpenn in September 2020. Comprising exhibition spaces, research facilities and an artist residency centre, the sites are Mahama’s contribution to the development and expansion of the contemporary art scene in his country.

His work has been included in numerous international exhibitions, including NIRIN, 22nd Biennial of Sydney (2020), Tomorrow, there will be more of us, Stellenbosch Triennial (2020), Living Grains, Fondazione Giuliani (Rome, 2019), Parliament of Ghosts, The Whitworth, University of Manchester (2019), Document 14, Athens and Kassel (2017). Mahama has also participated in two editions of the Venice Biennale, in 2017 and 2015. In the latter, he presented the large site-specific installation Out of Bounds, made with jute bags in the Tronchetto at the Arsenale.

Ibrahim Mahama aan het werk in de Oude Kerk, mei 2022, credits: Chloë Sylvestre

Ibrahim Mahama preparing the art installation in Oude Kerk, May 2022, credits: Chloë Sylvestre