Ibrahim Mahama reveals the reason behind his aviation art gallery in Tamale

Entertainment Thursday, November 25, 2021

Source: yfmghana.com

2021-11-25

Ibrahim Mahama, artist Ibrahim Mahama, artist

Ghanaian artist and author Ibrahim Mahama has revealed his inspiration for creating the Aircraft Art Gallery as part of his Savannah Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA) project.

He mentioned that the planes were interesting works of art and contained lots of memories of humans. He added that many of the children in Tamale had not seen planes before and even when they did, it was far from them.

“The planes were interesting in the sense that they had been used for so long and also hold a lot of memories. Many of these children or people in the community, the closest they have seen a plane is in the sky,” he told Akosua Hanson during ” Y Lounge “on Y 107.9 FM

He also mentioned that the aircraft’s art gallery was an idea he had for some years after seeing planes abandoned at Kotoka International Airport in Ghana. He added that he approached the owners of the planes and bought them for Tamale to be converted into classrooms for the gallery.

A few years ago, I got this idea and thought about taking these planes because I spent most of my time at the airports, especially Kotoka. I always saw these planes parked and said to myself why not buy these planes and take them to Tamale so I found the owners, bought them and took them to Tamale and made them into classrooms to form the art gallery.

The Savannah Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA) is located in the north of Ghana, created by Ibrahim Mahama to instill the love of art in his natives.

Ibrahim Mahama is a Ghanaian author and artist of monumental installations born in 1987. He obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Sculpture in 2013 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting in 2010 at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology , Kumasi, Ghana.

He currently lives and works in Tamale, in the north of Ghana, and has established a Plane Art Gallery with an abandoned plane.

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