8 April–16 July 2017
Ibrahim Mahama presents new work at documenta 14. The contemporary art event has been staged every five years in Kassel, Germany since 1955. This year, for the first time, documenta is presented both in Kassel and in various locations in the city of Athens.
With a working title ‘Learning from Athens’, the project of documenta 14 has engaged with partner institutions across the city over the past four years, utilising spaces including museums, cinemas, theatres, libraries, archives, schools, television, radio, university auditoriums, public squares, streets, clubs, shops, parks, paths, and residential buildings.
Mahama presents an intervention in Syntagma Square. The central square in Athens, formerly named ‘Palace Square’, was renamed for the constitution (syntagma) brought about by a military uprising in 1843. Located in front of the Greek Parliament, the square has been the site of social and political protest many times. Mahama’s artwork, utilising repurposed jute sacks, once used for transporting commodities, invites a consideration of the layers of political action performed on this square over time.
A full list of the venues in Athens where works are presented for documenta 14 can be found here.
10 June–17 September 2017
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Ibrahim Mahama. Photo © White Cube: George Darrell