Ibrahim Mahama: Meet the artist using "junk" to make exceptional artifacts

Ibrahim Mahama: Meet the artist using "junk" to make exceptional artifacts

- Ibrahim Mahama, a Ghanaian artist, is now being celebrated by the BBC for his vision of using "scrap" materials to build artifacts

- Mahama is looking to mimic the Ghanaian Parliament for a gallery in Manchester using abandoned train seats

- The artist is hoping his work will enjoy wide recognition and educate art lovers on sustainable development

The worldwide struggle towards sustainable development is enjoying support from people in all aspects of the modern world and UK-based Ghanaian artist, Ibrahim Mahama, does not want to be left out.

Mahama, unknown if he is related to John Mahama or his brother Mahama, is building a replica of the Ghanaian Parliament using abandoned train seats from the UK.

His work has been recognised by the BBC as an outstanding perspective on sustainable development.

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Ibrahim Mahama: Meet the artist using "junk" to make exceptional artifacts

Ibrahim Mahama: Meet the artist using "junk" to make exceptional artifacts
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When hundreds of hard, scratched second-class train seats were abandoned after their clapped-out carriages were scrapped several years ago, only Mahama was likely to be interested in them.

After salvaging the seats, the artist has repurposed 120 of them to create a four-sided imitation of Ghana's parliament chamber at the Whitworth gallery in Manchester.

It is called Parliament of Ghosts.

Ibrahim Mahama: Meet the artist using "junk" to make exceptional artifacts

Jute flags mimicking the flags of nations at the UN made by Mahama. Photo credit: BBC
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He recently also used the sacks to replace the flags outside the United Nations' headquarters at the Rockefeller Center in New York. Replacing national flags with decaying food sacks "reminded us of the global condition in a way", he says.

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Ibrahim Mahama: Meet the artist using "junk" to make exceptional artifacts

A view of the "Parliament" made by Mahama. Photo credit: BBC
Source: UGC

Mahama's Manchester exhibition also includes a replica of the concrete silos that were built in Ghana in the late 1950s to store cocoa beans before they were processed, but which remained empty.

He hopes his work will enjoy wide recognition and educate art lovers on sustainable development.

Meanwhile, Kwame Akoto-Bamfo, a Ghanaian sculptor of amazing reputation, has come in for praise from BBC Africa after the international broadcaster celebrated his works via their their digital platforms.

Akoto-Bamfo has been in the craft and business of sculpting for about a decade and his work has in the past been cited by the Guardian of the UK.

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