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Ibrahim Mahama: Parliament of Ghosts

MIF19 World Premiere

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.


In Conversation: Ibrahim Mahama
Thursday 11 July, 7.30-8.15pm
Free, no need to book
Please arrive early as places for this event are limited

As part of the MIF19 world premiere of PARLIAMENT OF GHOSTS join us for a unique In Conversation with artist Ibrahim Mahama and Alistair Hudson, Director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery.

Please note: Photography and filming will being carried out during the In Conversation. If you attend this event and do not wish to be photographed or filmed please let us know on the night.

The Ibrahim Mahama: Parliament of Ghosts exhibition will temporarily close for two hours between 4-6pm on Thursday 11 July to allow technicians to set up the In Conversation event. This exhibition will reopen at 6pm, and the In Conversation will be held in the exhibition space from 7.30-815pm. All other spaces will remain open from 10am-9pm.

5 July – 29 September 2019

Admission free

Audio+ tours
Tuesday 9 July, 2pm and Tuesday 16 July, 2pm

CAP tour
Tuesday 16 July, 2pm


Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and the Whitworth, The University of Manchester.

Thanks to Hawkins\Brown and Civic Engineers

Photo: Ibrahim Mahama (detail), White Cube George Darrell.