Parliament of Ghosts
Residues from the Gold Coast railways and the Ghana Railways Corporation and other relevant archives comprise this installation. It is inspired by the structural qualities of the post-independent era in Ghana, namely the brutalist now abandoned silos found throughout the country. Mahama is interested in the potential within historical failures to renew ideological values and expand imaginations among current and emerging Ghanaian generations. The work also has a performative dimension. It has been used in many debates and talks and installed at various art institutions. Within it questions are raised concerning the difference between – and political implications of – staging a work and building a stage as a work of art; or, how the past can time travel to the present to heal it, an idea that strongly resonates with this instalment of sonsbeek.
Sketch of Parliament of Ghosts, photo courtesy of Studio MetMet
Ibrahim Mahama, PARLIAMENT OF GHOSTS, 2019, Dimensions variable © the artist. Photo © Ibrahim Mahama. Originally commissioned by Manchester International Festival and the Whitworth, The University of Manchester and premiered at the Whitworth for MIF19