Black Futures: Talking Walls


Building Black: Mythos by Ekow Nimako

This lego art exhibition explores the mythology, morality and resistance shaped by the melanin-rich beings of Africa-beyond. 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 using lego.

When: Feb 7–24, 2019, 7 am–12 am
Where: Main Hall Hart House 
Cost: Free

About Ekow

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.

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