Follow the making of Zak Ove’s spectacular stilt walker sculptures inspired by carnival and created for the British Museum.
Zak’s Moko Jumbie carnival characters draw on African mythology and stories of slave resistance which have fed the roots of contemporary carnival from Trinidad to Notting Hill. As Zak says, 'What I’ve tried to do is to impregnate mythologies with new materials, dialogue and language that give them a new lease of life into a new millennium. How do I take African ancestry and make it Africa’s tomorrow? At the heart of my fascination with Trinidad carnival was its defiance and act of revolution in how its people, transformed by costume and masquerade were able to find a sense of emancipation for themselves from a colonised situation. So what I’m suggesting is that by wearing costume and freeing one’s mind I can be anything.'
This is just a taste of the work of Zak – artist, sculptor, film-maker, photographer. Come back soon for a longer film.
The sculptures are on display in the Great Court until 13 September 2015 as part of the British Museum’s season Celebrating Africa: http://www.britishmuseum.or...