Zak Ové is interested in reinterpreting lost culture and mythology using modern, antique and reconstituted materials. Inspired by African and diasporic histories such as the Trinidadian carnival, a tradition initiated by French immigrants and later influenced by the transatlantic slave trade, Ové’s works pay tribute to both spiritual and artistic African and Trinidadian identities. Of continual interest to Ové is the cross-cultural dispersion of ideas and practices that influence identity formation.
He works in sculpture, film, painting and photography, often collaging the various mediums. Ové’s solo exhibitions include Black and Blue: The Invisible Men and the Masque of Darkness, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2017); Moko Jumbies, The British Museum, London (2017) and Modern Forms, UNTITLED, Miami, Florida (2016). His works also featured in The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, Prospect 4, New Orleans (2017 – 2018).