Fall 2022 exhibitions use playful mediums to explore storytelling at Dunlop Art Gallery

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Ekow Nimako, Building Black Civilizations: Journey of 2,000 Ships

Dunlop Art Gallery (Central Library), Regina Public Library
October 1, 2022 – January 10, 2023

Building Black Civilizations: Journey of 2,000 Ships continues artist Ekow Nimako’s afrofuturistic reimagining of ancient African kingdoms. Using LEGO® bricks as his medium, Nimako explores the mysterious 14th century sea voyage of the unnamed predecessor of Mansa Musa, ruler of the Mali Empire. According to legends, Mansa, an intrepid explorer, abdicated his throne and took 2,000 ships on an expedition into the Atlantic, but was never to return or heard from again. Some accounts suggest the massive fleet reached as far as the Americas, but where they went beyond this is still unknown.

Combining architecture, historical accounts, and fantastical possibilities, Nimako transcends the geometric form of LEGO® to recreate Mansa’s epic voyage. And in doing so, he presents an uninterrupted and uncoopted narrative of Black civilizations and imagines liberated futures.

Ekow Nimako is a Toronto-based, internationally exhibiting LEGO® artist who crafts futuristic and whimsical sculptures from the iconic medium. Rooted in his childhood hobby and intrinsic creativity, Nimako’s formal arts education and background as a lifelong multidisciplinary artist inform his process and signature aesthetic. His fluid building style, coupled with the Afrofuturistic themes of his work, beautifully transcend the geometric medium to embody organic and fantastical silhouettes.

Building Beyond with LEGO®, Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

In-Person Workshop – Building Beyond with LEGO®
October 1, 1:00 – 2:00PM
Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library
Join us for a LEGO® building workshop with Ekow Nimako. Youth aged 6 to 9 are encouraged. Register here for the in-person workshop.

Opening Reception – Building Black Civilizations: Journey of 2,000 Ships
October 1, 2:00 – 3:00PM
Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library
Celebrate the opening of Building Black Civilizations: Journey of 2,000 Ships. The artist will be present.

Bibliobandido and His Burro, 2010, Photo: Courtesy of the artist and the community of El Pital, Honduras

Marisa Morán Jahn, Bibliobandido

Dunlop Art Gallery (Sherwood Village branch), Regina Public Library
October 8, 2022 – January 3, 2023

Artist Marisa Morán Jahn tells the story of the legendary ‘Bibliobandido,’ best translated as the ‘Book Bandit’ or ‘Story Eater.’ Created in 2010 by Jahn and the Library Club of El Pital in Honduras, the Bibliobandido is a masked bandit that eats stories. Ravenous, he pesters little kids until they offer him stories they’ve created – inspiring children to write, illustrate and even bind their tales. Bibliobandido’s fame has grown over the decade to encompass tens of thousands of young writers in 19 participating Honduran communities as well as libraries, schools, and museums across Central and North America.

An artist, filmmaker, and educator of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Morán Jahn’s works redistribute power, “exemplifying the possibilities of art as social practice” (ArtForum). Codesigned with youth, new immigrants, and working families, Jahn’s artwork, civic media tools, and curricula have engaged millions through strategic partners including The American Museum of Natural History, Boys and Girls Club of America, Seattle Public Library, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, National Domestic Workers Alliance. Her work has been shown at Tribeca Film Festival, Obama’s White House, the United Nations, PBS, The New York Times, CNN, BBC, Brooklyn Museum, and the Venice Biennale of Architecture. She has taught at Teachers College at Columbia University, MIT (her alma mater), and Parsons/The New School where she is the Director of Integrated Design. She is a 2022 Sundance Fellow and 2022 Artist/Writer in Residence at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Bibliobandido, Story Eater, 2010, Photo: Courtesy of the artist and the community of El Pital, Honduras

Performance – Special Appearance by Bibliobandido
October 8, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Dunlop Art Gallery (Sherwood Village branch), Regina Public Library
Join us for an afternoon of making books and sharing stories by kids speaking all languages. Families and youth aged 6 to 9 are encouraged.

Artist Talk and Film Screening with Marisa Jahn
October 7, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
RPL Film Theatre
Join us for a discussion and screening of films by Bibliobandido wrangler Marisa Moran Jahn.

About Dunlop Art Gallery at Regina Public Library

Gallery Hours
Mon to Thurs, 9:30 am – 9 pm
Fri, 9:30 am – 6 pm
Sat, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sun, 12 – 5 pm

Central Library location
2311 – 12th Avenue
Regina SK S4P 3Z5

Sherwood Village location
6121 Rochdale Boulevard
Regina SK S4X 2R1

Admission is FREE to all exhibitions.
Galleries are wheelchair accessible.


We acknowledge the support of the SK Arts, and funding partners SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries, whose contributions help the arts thrive in this province.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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