Ibrahim Mahama: Parliament of Ghosts
MIF19 World Premiere: This major installation reflects on the half-forgotten history of Ibrahim Mahama’s home country: Ghana, whose journey from British colony to independent nation was completed barely 60 years ago.
The heart of Parliament of Ghosts is a haunting assemblage of lost objects, rescued and repurposed to form a vast parliamentary chamber in the heart of the Whitworth. Abandoned train seats and faded railway sleepers, scrapped school furniture and documents from governmental archives: Mahama lends powerful new context to this residue from a nation in transition. Also encompassing painting, sculpture, photography and film, Parliament of Ghosts beautifully evokes the histories and memories of a country and its people asserting their independence.
5 July – 29 September 2019
Tuesday 9 July, 2pm and Tuesday 16 July, 2pm
Tuesday 16 July, 2pm
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and the Whitworth, The University of Manchester.
Photo: Ibrahim Mahama (detail), White Cube George Darrell.