Get your creative juices flowing while practicing some self-care and community building as we explore Afrofuturism, ancestry and family legacy through the building blocks of Lego. Ekow Nimako, the Ghanaian-Canadian Lego Artist and sculptor, will lead us through an interactive workshop like no other that will guide participants to imagine and create their own story of their future descendants 1000 years from now.
When: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 4–6 pm
Where: Music Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration required
About Ekow Nimako
Ekow Nimako studied Fine Arts at York University and began using Lego in his professional practice in 2014. He has since cultivated a unique approach to sculpting the iconic material in masterful true-to-life and monumental form. 2015’s Silent Knight, commissioned for the 10th Anniversary of Nuit Blanche, featured a seven-and-a-half foot statue of one of Ontario’s most extirpated bird species the barn owl, while 2016’s Grey Matters, commissioned by the Baycrest Foundation, featured a monochromatic, larger-than-life human brain as a public statement on the importance of brain health. In 2018 Nimako teamed up with visionary filmmaker and artist Director X to challenge the narrative of civic statues with the dynamic monument Cavalier Noir. Taking the form of a Black warrior child astride a dauntless Black unicorn, the sculpture gained national interest as one of the most memorable and impactful installations of Nuit Blanche 2018. Drawing on his fascination with Afrofuturism, mythology and the metaphor of West African proverbs, Ekow’s current sculptural exploration, Building Black Mythos, constructs a powerful and haunting realm centred on “supernatural melanin-rich children” and their sentient animal counterparts. Ekow lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Visit Ekow Nimako’s website for photos of his amazing work.
In partnership with the Multi-Faith Centre and First Nations House.