For the 42-year-old Canadian artist Ekow Nimako, the creation of “unmistakably black” art with bricks of LEGO it speaks of reimagining, acknowledging the past and a hopeful and inclusive future.
“I am making art”, He said Nimako to CNN. “This is art. It is not a hobby, it is not a toy, it is not part of the LEGO fandom, it is not silly. It doesn’t fit into many of the categories that LEGO creations fall into. “
His career as a LEGO sculptor began in 2012, two years before receiving a grant to exhibit his work in Canada during Black History Month. Then he realized the purpose of his work, which now speaks of the futuristic approach to his art.
In 2014, Nimako made his first human sculpture, “Flower Girl”, which was the size of a six-year-old girl. It represents “The lost innocence of young black women who did not have the opportunity to be like the traditional flower girls in the West, speaking of the girls who came here as a result of the transatlantic slave trade”, He said.
The sculpture, which is now touring the United Kingdom, has since been upgraded with more LEGO bricks and is now the size of a 10-year-old girl.
Beyond the world of art, Nimako continues to strive to evoke utopia and greater inclusion. According to the artist, he awaits the release in February of a LEGO documentary that recounts his artistic history. Added that “The LEGO Group has been very supportive in my work. After realizing what I am doing, there is much more that we will do together ”.