The National Gallery, London
Ibrahim Mahama is one of six artists shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth commissions in Trafalgar Square, in 2022 and 2024. Mahama's proposal, the model for which is on display at the National Gallery from 24 May until 4 July, recalls the grain silos that were partly built by Easter European architects in Ghana during the early 1960s. Abandoned after the military overthrow of President Kwame Nkrumah in 1966, these structures remain unfinished relics; symbols of a now forgotten history. Mahama's sculpture recreates a silo from Tamale, his home town in northern Ghana, which unlike others was abandoned at an early stage in its construction, suggesting a building in limbo and a potential, skeletal form waiting for habitation.