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Building Black Civilizations: Journey of 2,000 Ships

Ekow Nimako

2022-10-27 00:00:00 2022-10-27 23:59:00 America/Regina Building Black Civilizations: Journey of 2,000 Ships October 1, 2022 to January 10, 2023 at Dunlop Art Gallery (Central Library) Central Adult -

Thursday, October 27
All day

Add to Calendar 2022-10-27 00:00:00 2022-10-27 23:59:00 America/Regina Building Black Civilizations: Journey of 2,000 Ships October 1, 2022 to January 10, 2023 at Dunlop Art Gallery (Central Library) Central Adult -

October 1, 2022 to January 10, 2023 at Dunlop Art Gallery (Central Library)

Building Black Civilizations: Journey of 2,000 Ships continues artist Ekow Nimako’s afrofuturistic reimagining of ancient African kingdoms. Using LEGO® bricks as his medium, Nimako explores the mysterious 14th century sea voyage of the predecessor of Mansa Musa, ruler of the Mali Empire. According to legends, Abu Bakr II was an intrepid explorer, abdicated his throne and took 2,000 ships on an expedition into the Atlantic, but was never to return or heard from again. Some accounts suggest the massive fleet reached as far as the Americas, but where they went beyond this is still unknown.  
Combining architecture, historical accounts, and fantastical possibilities, Nimako transcends the geometric form of LEGO® to recreate the epic voyage. And in doing so, he presents an uninterrupted and uncoopted narrative of Black civilizations and imagines liberated futures. 
 
Ekow Nimako is a Toronto-based, internationally exhibiting LEGO® artist who crafts futuristic and whimsical sculptures from the iconic medium. Rooted in his childhood hobby and intrinsic creativity, Nimako’s formal arts education and background as a lifelong multidisciplinary artist inform his process and signature aesthetic. His fluid building style, coupled with the Afrofuturistic themes of his work, beautifully transcend the geometric medium to embody organic and fantastical silhouettes. 

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Central Library, the largest of the nine Branches in the Regina Public Library system, is a social and informational hub in the heart of downtown Regina. The Library maintains an extensive calendar of programs, training opportunities, art exhibits in the Dunlop Art Gallery, along with film screenings in the Library's very own repertory film theatre!

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