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A work, made with jute sacks, by Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama at the Venice Biennale.

Ibrahim Mahama and his epic art are being exhibited in Italy. Out of Bounds, 2015, installation, mixed media, 56th Venice Biennale. Courtesy of the artist and A Palazzo gallery.

Ibrahim Mahama and his epic art are being exhibited in Italy. Out of Bounds, installation, mixed media, Venice Biennale. Courtesy of the artist and A Palazzo gallery.

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Ibrahim Mahama Occupation and Occupation, Railways, 2014

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Ibrahim Mahama, Ghanna (b.1987)_ In his installations and wall-based works, Ibrahim Mahama considers the ways in which capital and labor are expressed in common materials. Included in the 2015 Venice Biennale, Mahama is best known for his use of jute sacks, cloth bags once used to carry cocoa and now employed as vessels for coal. Each sack is inscribed with names and embellished with regional patterned fabrics.

Ibrahim Mahama and his epic art are being exhibited in Italy. Portrait of Ibrahim Mahama, photo by BLOOM. Courtesy of the artist and A Palazzo gallery.

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Ibrahim Mahama, Material Effects, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 2015

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