'I don't see the difference between art and architecture'
3. August 2021
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art speaks with artist Ibrahim Mahama about his installations that often consist of buildings covered with jute sacks, a material synonymous with the trade markets in Ghana, where he lives and works.
In the interview, which was conducted by Mark-Christoph Wagner at the TimesCenter during The World Around conference in February 2020, Ibrahim Mahama explains the intentions behind the large-scale installations in and beyond his native Ghana. Like Christo and Jeanne-Claude, buildings are often the settings for Mahama's installations, but his choice of jute sacks — reused from the transportation of cocoa beans and other commodities — grounds the art conceptually in a Ghanian context and make the installations instantly recognizable as his own.
Ibrahim Mahama, Malam Dodoo National Theatre, 1992-2016, National Theatre of Ghana, Accra, 2016. (Photo: Screenshot)
Watch the 10-minute interview below or on the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art's Louisiana Channel website: