Ghanaian YouTuber, Jonathan Bebs Sennor (Exposed by Bebs) has published an interview with Tamale-based installation artist, Ibrahim Mahama. In this episode of ‘Expose Podcast’, Mahama reveals how he sold his art for $1Million to buy 6 planes with the proceeds.
He details how he was able to acquire six used-aircraft which he converted to classrooms for kids in Tamale.
Ibrahim Mahama obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Sculpture in 2013 and a bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting in 2010 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Over the past decade, Ibrahim Mahama has swiftly risen to become one of the most prominent African voices in art. He has already exhibited at the Biennale of Sydney, on Cockatoo Island as well as at the 2019 Frieze Sculpture presentation at Rockefeller Center in New York and the Ghana Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale.
He’s created large-scale public installations around the world, including in Milan (with the Trussardi Foundation, also in 2019) and Athens (during Documenta 14, in 2017). He is represented by the highly respected White Cube gallery.
In 2019, he started the Savannah Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA), Tamale. Mahama also repurposed 120 scratched second-class train seats through a parliament he calls the “parliament of ghost”, a replica of Ghana’s parliament chamber. The parliament of ghost was installed at the Whitworth Art gallery in Manchester.
Source: Ameyaw Debrah