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Zak Ové, ‘Star Liner’

Lawrie Shabibi is delighted to announce Star Liner, a major new show by British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové, his first solo exhibition at the gallery and in the Middle East region, opening on 19 March to coincide with Art Dubai and the Dubai Art Week.  Ové is known for his large-scale Moko Jumbie commissions at the British Museum (as part of the 2015 Celebrating Africa exhibition) and his installation The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness currently on show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park which travels to San Francisco’s City Centre Plaza in July this year.
 
Central to Ové’s work is the notion of belonging and what this means to him in a multicultural world. Of white Irish and black Trinidadian descent, raised in London, Ové’s visits to Trinidad were a revelation, awakening his interest in the Trinidadian carnival – a mode of resistance and a way of memorializing a lost African culture and mythology for a diasporic people. Ové takes this one step further – bringing aesthetic and conceptual African/Caribbean elements into his UK – practice, incorporating materials and found objects available to him.  His many themes come together in the exhibition, his most ambitious yet: space and time-travel, his passion for mask-making, for re-casting African sculpture from materials around him (rather than out of ebony), and his reinterpretation and revaluation of familiar and obsolete objects.
Zak Ové will be in Dubai between 16 – 24 March.

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