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