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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.

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

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