Zak Ové is a London based multi-disciplinary artist working in film, sculpture and photography to reclaim old world mythologies in new world source materials and technologies. His fascination with the interplay between antiquity and the future is inspired by masking rituals and traditions of Trinidadian carnival that is itself rooted in a struggle for emancipation. Ové’s work is in celebration of the power of play, the juxtaposition of parody and sacred ritual and the blurring of edges between reality and fantasy, flesh and spirit. His use of non-traditional materials: copper, wood, Victoriana and other found materials, situates the work in the metropolis of Europe and the Americas where they merge and mutate into endless possibilities and unexpected identities.
Graduated 1987, Film as Fine Art BA, St. Martin’s School of Art, London
Selected solo exhibitions include:
2018 Zak Ové, Tishman Speyer, Economist Plaza, St James, London, 2018 Black and Blue: The Invisible Men and the Masque of Darkness, New Art Centre, Wiltshire, 2018 Black and Blue: The Invisible Men and the Masque of Darkness, San Francisco Civic Centre Plaza, San Francisco, 2018 Starliner, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, 2017 Black and Blue: The Invisible Men and the Masque of Darkness, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield 2017 Moko Jumbies, The British Museum, London
2016 Modern Forms, Untitled, Miami, 2016 Black and Blue: The Invisible Men and the Masque of Darkness, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House (Courtyard), London, 2015 Celebrating Africa; Moko Jumbie, The British Museum, London