Zak Ové in Alserkal Avenue's Folio

Anna Wallace Thompson, Folio by Alserkal Avenue, March 7, 2018

Folio preview's Zak Ové's first solo exhibition Star Liner at Lawrie Shabibi.


“The carnival in Trinidad was very much a process of celebrating culture, if you like, away fromanother culture, of working with an absence,” explains British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové. “How did people see themselves once they had been stamped by colonialism? What sort of hybrid mythologies did African and post-African people hold on to, to find a sense of self and purpose? How do you hold onto tradition yet maintain individuality?” In Star Liner, showing at Lawrie Shabibi gallery (19 March–1 June 2018), it is this notion of culture and belonging, as embodied by the carnival, that binds everything together.