Parliament of Ghosts

5 Jul 2019 – 21 Jul 2019

Event times

10am-5pm daily, except 10am-9pm Thur

Cost of entry


The Whitworth

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom


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This major installation reflects on the half-forgotten history of Ibrahim Mahama’s home country: Ghana, whose journey from British colony to independent nation was completed barely 60 years ago.


The heart of Parliament of Ghosts is a haunting assemblage of lost objects, rescued and repurposed to form a vast parliamentary chamber in the heart of the Whitworth. Abandoned train seats and faded railway sleepers, scrapped school furniture and documents from governmental archives: Mahama lends powerful new context to this residue from a nation in transition. Also encompassing painting, sculpture, photography and film, Parliament of Ghosts beautifully evokes the histories and memories of a country and its people asserting their independence.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and the Whitworth, The University of Manchester.

Exhibiting artists

Ibrahim Mahama

Taking part

Manchester International Festival


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