Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama uses the transformation of materials to explore themes of commodity, migration, globalization, and economic exchange. Specific forms of failure and decay inform his choice of sites for his work. Residues and points of chaos register as marks within the forms he selects, and they present alternative perspectives of looking into the materials and labor conditions of society. His large-scale installations employ materials gathered from urban environments such as decayed jute sacks used to transport commodities. They are sewn together with a network of collaborators under specific labor conditions and then superimposed on architectural structures.
This lecture is a part of SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program and is a free, non-ticketed event and open to the public. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. Presented in partnership with SAIC’s Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice.
Image: Ibrahim Mahama, Non Orientable Paradise Lost 1667, 2017