Ibrahim Mahama reveals the reason for his airplane art gallery in Tamale
Animation of Thursday, November 25, 2021
Ghanaian artist and author Ibrahim Mahama revealed his inspiration for creating the Airplane Art Gallery as part of his Savannah Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA) project.
He mentioned that the planes were interesting works of art and contained many memorabilia of people. He added that many children in Tamale had never seen planes before and even when they did, it was far away from them.
âThe planes were interesting in the sense that they had been used for so long and also held a lot of memories. Many of these kids or people in the community, the closest they’ve seen a plane is in the sky, âhe told Akosua Hanson during theâ Y Lounge âon Y 107.9 FM.
He also mentioned that the airplane art gallery was an idea he had had for a few years after seeing abandoned planes at Kotoka International Airport in Ghana. He added that he approached the owners of the planes and bought them in Tamale to be turned into classrooms for the gallery.
A few years ago I had this idea and thought about taking these planes because I spent most of my time at airports, especially in Kotoka. I always saw these planes parked and thought to myself why not buy these planes and take them to Tamale, so I found the owners, bought them and took them to Tamale, and made them classrooms for form the art gallery.
The Savannah Contemporary Art Center (SCCA) is located in the northern part of Ghana, created by Ibrahim Mahama to imbue the love of the arts in his natives.
Ibrahim Mahama is a Ghanaian author and artist of monumental installations born in 1987. He obtained an MA in Fine Arts in Painting and Sculpture in 2013 and a BA in Fine Arts in Painting in 2010 from the University of Science and Technology Kwame Nkrumah. , Kumasi, Ghana.
He currently lives and works in Tamale, northern Ghana, and has created an airplane art gallery with an abandoned airplane.