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Picking up the Pieces: Reimagining Black Civilizations
with Ekow Nimako


Picking up the Pieces: Reimagining Black Civilizations
with Ekow Nimako

Date: Thu, Dec 05, 2019 01:00PM
Price: Free with Museum admission

Book Ticket

Discover what inspired Ekow Nimako’s 6 x 6 ft. African metropolis made out of Lego© pieces, featured in his exhibition Building Black: Civilizations, on view in our galleries from September 21, 2019 to February 23, 2020.


In this wide-ranging talk, Nimako will delve into the exhibition’s complex themes as well as the varied influences from his childhood to his life today. Touching on his Ghanaian heritage, West African symbolism, Africa’s medieval kingdoms, comic books, Afrofuturism, and his personal experiences as a racialized person, you won’t want to miss this insightful conversation.


This event is part of the Museum’s fall season — Africa! — which explores new dimensions of the vast and complex continent with a world-class lineup of art, performers, and speakers.



Ekow Nimako studied Fine Arts at York University and began using LEGO© pieces exclusively in his practice in 2014. He has since cultivated a unique approach to building with the iconic material, displaying masterful attention to fluidity and form. His content is deeply rooted in otherworldly Black narratives and draws on his fascination with architecture, futuristic cultures, and ancient civilizations. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.


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