Though LEGO units themed round Star Wars or Super Mario are colourful and enjoyable, in the suitable palms, they will also be artwork. No less than that’s the case with artist Ekow Nimako’s extravagant 100,000-piece LEGO sculpture, Kumbi Saleh 3020 CE.
Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum simply acquired the big sculpture from the Ghanian-Canadian artist, well-known for his Afrofuturist reimagining of Black histories. The sculpture re-envisions the traditional Kumbi Saleh—a metropolis as soon as on the heart of the trans-Saharan gold commerce route within the Ghana Empire, that noticed trades between, Africa, Asia, the Center East, and Europe—one thousand years sooner or later as a monumental metropolis but once more.
The 30-square-foot sculpture was central to Nimako’s 2019 exhibition Constructing Black: Civilizations on the Aga Khan Museum. The piece was commissioned as a part of the museum’s different archaeological present operating on the identical time—Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time—which explored archaic Saharan commerce routes and their cultural affect.
Nimako grew up enjoying with LEGO units, and has now turned the passion into a proper artform that he makes use of to spotlight the ancestral trauma that’s nonetheless ringing in up to date Black tradition. The artist mentioned that his LEGO cityscapes evoke a “Blackness that’s not constructed towards the backdrop of enslavement, colonisation and violence.”
Although the Aga Khan Museum is at the moment closed to guests, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll be able to nonetheless peruse its online exhibitions, together with a lengthy video during which Nimako offers a behind-the-scenes take a look at his inventive course of.
by way of The Art Newspaper