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Ibrahim Mahama ‘Inside the White Cube’ (2017)


Text by Bernard Akoi-Jackson, Ibrahim Mahama and Robin Riskin
Edited by Honey Luard
Designed by Jonathan Hares
231 x 167 mm, softback
64 pages, 32 colour and 2 black and white illustrations
ISBN 978-1-910844-18-2
Published by White Cube, 2017

Ibrahim Mahama is one of the most prominent artists to emerge from Ghana in recent years, known for his large-scale installations incorporating jute sacks previously used to transport cocoa beans and charcoal, which are stitched together and draped over architectural structures.

Published to accompany ‘Fragments’, Mahama’s first UK exhibition, this book is an invaluable introduction to his practice in general, including not only images of the works on show but also archival images of past projects and resource material.

In the works exhibited in Mahama’s 2017 Inside the White Cube exhibition, the artist explores time and transference, privation and potential, as embodied through objects, materials and the traces left in their wake. The artists created a monumental sculpture in the north gallery of the building, made from wooden shoe-boxes as well as an installation of jute sack wall works and the film Exchange Exchanger. As he explains, ‘the hope is that their residues – stained, broken and abandoned, but bearing light – might lead us into new possibilities and spaces beyond.’ This impetus characterises all of Mahama’s works.

Inside the White Cube is a strand in the gallery’s programming that focuses attention on artists previously not widely exhibited. Accompanying a number of the exhibitions are modest softback books offered as an introduction to artist’s practise. Often the first publication devoted to the artist, these books are produced in a limited run of 500 copies, and are highly collectable.

Contributors: Bernard Akoi-Jackson is a multi-disciplinary Ghanaian artist and writer who received an MFA from the College of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. His work has been exhibited locally and internationally. In 2016 he was head curator of the exhibition ’Cornfields in Accra’ at blaxTARLINES KUMASI. Robin Riskin is an independent curator who divides her time between Kumasi and New York. She received an MFA in curating from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, and regularly collaborates with the project space blaxTARLINES KUMASI.

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