Ibrahim Mahama - On a spaceship 2019-2022
On a spaceship, 2019-2022
Giclee Fine Art Print on Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper – Photo Rag Smooth
40 x 50 cm
Edition of 30
A limited edition print by Ibrahim Mahama in support of the Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curator Fellowship in partnership with the Whitworth.
'On a Spaceship' features an image of building work in progress at Mahama’s Red Clay studio complex in Tamale, overlaid with archival imagery from a former state- run paint factory in Tema, Ghana. Initially established by the Ghanaian State in the period of post- Independence, the paint factory was privatised in the 1990s and later deserted. While setting up a temporary studio in the empty building some years ago, Mahama came across an abandoned trove of documents from the factory, which he then began to physically incorporate into his work.
Ibrahim Mahama's print is sold as an edition of 30 and priced at £800 + VAT each, excluding framing and shipping, with 100% of sales proceeds benefiting the Emerging Curators Fellowship - alongside Deutsche Bank and Frieze funding.
You can also take part in a prize draw to win the edition, by making the donation of your choice here. All donations will benefit the Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship.
About Ibrahim Mahama
Ibrahim Mahama lives and works in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale. His work has appeared in numerous international exhibitions including NIRIN, 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020); Parliament of Ghosts, The Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester International Festival (2019); Ghana Freedom, inaugural Ghana pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale, Venice (2019); Documenta 14, Athens and Kassel (2017); All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (2015). In March 2019, Mahama opened the artist-run project space Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art (SCCA) in Tamale, Ghana, followed by the opening of a vast studio complex, Red Clay, in nearby Janna Kpeŋŋ in September 2020. Encompassing exhibition space, research facilities and an artist-residency hub, both sites represent Mahama's contribution towards the development and expansion of the contemporary art scene in his home country. In April 2021, Mahama opened a renovated silo, Nkrumah Volini, in Tamale. This is the third educational institution he has opened in Northern Ghana since over the past two years.
About The Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curator Fellowship
The Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curator Fellowship is a collaborative project, bringing together artists and organisations across the non-profit and private sector to increase accessibility, representation and social mobility within the arts as well as creating an opportunity to grow and deepen curatorial practice in some of the UK’s leading public art institutions. The 2022 fellow will work with the Whitworth, an established institution committed to decolonizing art and its spaces through practices of care, accessibility, representation and social mobility. The fourth iteration of the initiative follows successful fellowships in institutions including V&A East, Chisenhale Gallery and BALTIC.
Estimated delivery time: 3-4 weeks