Ibrahim Mahama

Non–Orientable Nkansa . 2017

Ibrahim Mahama . Non–Orientable Nkansa . 2017 afasia (1)

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Mahama and his collaborators obtained the items through a process of negotiation and exchange. Such transactions form a critical feature of the artist’s practice, as does the particular site of the work’s production. In this case, a redundant former state-run factory lends added resonance, since it is in the political exigencies of space and the evolution of materials from one context to another that the work’s intention resides. Gathered together in a single, monumental unit, the containers are crammed with other re-purposed items such as heels, hammers and needles, all of which are part of Mahama’s ongoing inquiry into the life of materials and their dynamic potential.
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