Exhibition

Ibrahim Mahama. Purple Hibiscus

10 Apr 2024 – 18 Aug 2024

Regular hours

Wednesday
11:00 – 19:00
Thursday
11:00 – 19:00
Friday
11:00 – 19:00
Saturday
10:00 – 19:00
Sunday
10:00 – 19:00
Monday
11:00 – 19:00
Tuesday
11:00 – 19:00

Free admission

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Barbican Centre

London, United Kingdom

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  • Moorgate / Barbican
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A new artwork by Ibrahim Mahama transforms our Lakeside Terrace, enveloping the building’s iconic concrete walls with approximately 2000 square metres of bespoke woven cloth.

About

Purple Hibiscus has been created in collaboration with hundreds of craftspeople from Tamale in Ghana where the colossal panels of pink and purple fabric have been woven and sewn by hand, to be fitted to the brutalist planes of our building.

100 ‘batakaris’ – robes worn by Ghanaian kings – are embroidered onto the artwork. Often saved by families over generations, these precious textiles carry the imprints of the figures they once clothed, signifying the continued relevance of intergenerational knowledge. Ibrahim Mahama holds a deep interest in the life cycles of textiles and what can be learnt from the historical memories embedded within them.

Purple Hibiscus is part of Unravel: The Power & Politics of Textiles in Art.

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Ibrahim Mahama

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