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Ibrahim Mahama

In-Between the World and Dreams

Ibrahim Mahama

Friday, October 23, 2020
8:00 pm


In-person Event

Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
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Open to the public
Free of charge

This con­ver­sa­tion brings together col­lab­o­ra­tors of the ambi­tious Insti­tute for the Human­i­ties-led project, In-Between the World and Dreams: Amanda Krugliak, Arts Cura­tor UM Insti­tute for the Human­i­ties and Lead Cura­tor; Ozi Uduma, Assis­tant Cura­tor for Global Con­tem­po­rary Art at UMMA; Laura De Becker, Cura­tor of African Art and Interim Chief Cura­tor at UMMA; Neil Bar­clay, Pres­i­dent and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African Amer­i­can His­tory; and Ibrahim Mahama, inter­na­tion­ally known Ghana­ian artist and Direc­tor of the Savan­nah Cen­ter for the Arts in Tamale, Ghana. 

The project presents pub­lic fac­ing instal­la­tions at a time when our indoor spaces and oppor­tu­nity for engage­ment with the arts are lim­ited. Mahama’s work acknowl­edges the trou­bling his­to­ries of colo­nial­ism and slav­ery in the West­ern world, and the labor of Black and brown peo­ple behind global exchange. At the same time, the work and over­all project speaks to build­ing new worlds out of failed sys­tems, futures out of dis­ap­point­ments, ask­ing the ques­tion, What can we do? Mahama addresses this prompt in a state­ment for the project: promises of the present can start with ghosts from both the future and past. Ghosts are an embod­i­ment of failed rev­o­lu­tions and unre­al­ized futures, which need to be used as a start­ing point for new con­ver­sa­tions within this cen­tury and beyond. Every life form is a gift.” The con­ver­sa­tion dis­cusses the crit­i­cal role art and artists can play in times of cri­sis, and the sig­nif­i­cance of pub­lic art at a time when we are chang­ing the pic­ture as to who we honor and what we value. 

In-Between the World and Dreams is made pos­si­ble by a grant from the Andrew W. Mel­lon Foun­da­tion, sup­port­ing the Insti­tute for the Human­i­ties com­mit­ment to High Stakes Art. In part­ner­ship with Insti­tute for the Human­i­ties, Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Museum of Art, Charles Wright Museum of African Amer­i­can History.