Day: July 8, 2019

Ibrahim Mahama: The artist building a parliament from recycled train seats

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Ibrahim Mahama and the seats at the Whitworth art gallery in Manchester

Dozens of worn plastic train seats and dilapidated wooden lockers that were destined for the dump in Ghana have ended up in a Manchester art gallery, in a work by one of Africa's most exciting young artists.
When hundreds of hard, scratched second-class train seats were abandoned after their clapped-out carriages were scrapped several years ago, only one man was likely to be interested in them.
Ibrahim Mahama has made his name by collecting objects other people would dismiss as junk, but which he thinks can help him tell a story.
After salvaging the seats, the artist has repurposed 120 of them – plus several dozen old lockers once used by train workers – to create a four-sided imitation of Ghana's parliament chamber at the Whitworth gallery in Manchester. It's called Parliament of Ghosts.

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Michael Pollard

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People are invited to use the Parliament ..

Ibrahim Mahama: Building a parliament with old train seats in an art gallery

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Ibrahim Mahama and the seats at the Whitworth art gallery in Manchester

Dozens of worn plastic train seats and dilapidated wooden lockers that were destined for the dump in Ghana have ended up in a Manchester art gallery, in a work by one of Africa's most exciting young artists.
When hundreds of hard, scratched second-class train seats were abandoned after their clapped-out carriages were scrapped several years ago, only one man was likely to be interested in them.
Ibrahim Mahama has made his name by collecting objects other people would dismiss as junk, but which he thinks can help him tell a story.
After salvaging the seats, the artist has repurposed 120 of them – plus several dozen old lockers once used by train workers – to create a four-sided imitation of Ghana's parliament chamber at the Whitworth gallery in Manchester. It's called Parliament of Ghosts.

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Michael Pollard

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People are invited to use the Parliament ..

Fear and mistrust stalk battle to halt spread of Ebola

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Media captionThe body bag saving lives in DR Congo's Ebola outbreak
There can be few greater challenges than tackling a lethal epidemic.
But imagine trying to do so in a conflict zone ravaged by extreme poverty, insecurity and poor communications amid a population where health workers are feared and distrusted.
Yet that is the reality of Ebola in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where more than 1,500 people have lost their lives from the virus in the past year.
In the city of Butembo, in North Kivu province, I see how local and international medical staff and charities are trying to combat the disease.
Essentially, it is a gruesome game of whack-a-mole that appears all but impossible to win. It works like this:

The morning I was there, news came through that a woman had died of Ebola.
Staff from the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN-funded agency, rushed to the scene and set up a pop-up vaccination centre. What ..

Global literacy targets already off track – Unesco

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Writing on the school wall in Senegal: Progress to widening access to education has stalled, says UN report

Promises by world leaders to raise global education standards by 2030 are unlikely to be kept, warns the United Nations' education agency.
Unesco says on current trends, 30% of adults and 20% of young people will still be illiterate in poor countries.
There are 262 million young people without access to school, with the worst problems in sub-Saharan Africa.
The UN agency warns that the numbers missing out on education are unlikely to fall much in the next decade.
The report examines progress towards global targets, the “sustainable development goals”, which in 2015 the international community committed to achieve by 2030.

Progress stalledThese included promises on education – but after four years, the projections from Unesco show, they are already off track and unlikely to be achieved without a significant change of directio..