Yorkshire Sculpture Park has just installed an extraordinary assembly of 80 sculptures by British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové. Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness. This is a mass of identical two-metre-tall figures, placed in the park’s 18th century landscape.
“Powerful and totemic, the impact of the group is amplified through their repeated forms, facing forward to confront the viewer en mass,” notes for the installation say. The sculptures build on Ové’s 2016 project for the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair which saw 40 figures sited in the courtyard of London’s Somerset House.” (Image at top of post is from the Somerset House installation)
Zak Ové works with sculpture, film and photography to explore African identity, the African diaspora and African history, building on his own experience of growing up in a mixed-race family in both London and Trinidad.
Zak Ové website, here.