Ibrahim Mahama: TRANSFER(S)
Lecture followed by a discussion between Ibrahim Mahama and Anika Reineke (in english)

When? 20 November 2023, 6:30 pm
Where? Chemnitz Open Space (Brückenstraße 10, 09111 Chemnitz)

The Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama will hold a lecture in the Chemnitz Open Space on Monday 20 November at 6:30 pm. It will be followed by a talk between the artist and Dr. Anika Reineke (curator of the textile and applied arts collection and the Henry van de Velde Museum of the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz). This event is organised jointly by the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz and the Kunsthalle Osnabrück.

Work with textiles, which is mainly at the end of the utilization chain, is a major element in Ibrahim Mahama’s art. The artist gained fame among a broader public in Germany by wrapping the gatehouses in Kassel during documenta 14, the water castle in Herne and recently the former Galeria Kaufhof building in Osnabrück.

In a brief lecture he will present the Osnabrück project, his largest to date in Europe, implemented in cooperation with the Kunsthalle Osnabrück and scheduled to be continued at the end of November with a symposium at the Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art in Tamale (Ghana).

In conversation with Anika Reineke, one theme, among others, will be the history and current politics of textile production, trading and the movement of goods in both the local and the global context. From the Middle Ages onwards, Osnabrück, like Chemnitz, was an important centre of linen production, of the yarn and canvas trade, and later of the textile industry, whereby the economic success in the region rested to a significant degree on colonial exploitation, with Osnabrück linen being used as a means of exchange for prisoners from the coastal regions of Africa and in the production of clothing for labourers forced to work on plantations in the West Indies.

The event will be held in English.

Photo: Angela von Brill/Ibrahim Mahama