Parliament of Ghosts

Ibrahim Mahama

Fri 5 July, 2019

Sun 29 September, 2019

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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.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and the Whitworth, The University of Manchester.
With thanks to Hawkins\Brown and Civic Engineers.

Photo: White Cube George Darrell

This is an evocative, un-hectoring meditation on colonialism from an artist who has already been snapped up by White Cube, the gallery that brought us Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.

The Telegraph

Textured and provocative. . . A raucous display of sudden colour. . . Mahama’s show is the high point of the visual art offerings

The Observer

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