AFA - Addis Fine Art, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 09 Jan 2016 - 12 Feb 2016
Michael Tsegaye Yabelo II, 2012. Courtesy: Artist
Addis Fine Art is opening a new gallery space in Ethiopia’s capital with the inaugural exhibition Addis Calling. Presenting works by seven contemporary artists who live and work in Addis Ababa, the exhibition will feature painting, photography and mixed media.
Dawit Abebe’s (b. 1978) new series Rank and Providence, explores the relationship between society and those in positions of authority. His work is concerned with the visible imbalances of power in modern life. Yosef Lule (b. 1977) explores the impact of urbanization on the traditions, religions, and lifestyles in his home city of Addis Ababa. Tamrat Gezahegne (b. 1977) studied under Ethiopian artist Mezgebu Tesema and is known for the bold use of colour and the repetition of motifs that define his compositions. Gezahegne’s practice also extends to installation and performance art. Emanuel Tegene (b. 1985) is regarded as an emerging talent. He started his career as a cartoonist at Saloon Ethiopia. Tegene’s practice explores changing cultural dynamics in local society, deeply rooted in his own personal encounters.
Mixed media artist Workneh Bezu (b. 1978) draws inspiration for many of his compositions from his own dreams. Figures in Bezu’s paintings are often immersed in a supernatural world. Bezu’s practice extends to animation film, puppet making and sculpture. Experimental works in fine art photography complete the group show. Leikun Nahusenay’s (b.1982) recognition as a fine art photographer is steadily growing. Using double exposure photography, Nahusenay documents the daily life and cultural practices in Jijiga, the capital of the Somali region of Ethiopia.
Photographer Michael Tsegaye (b. 1975) has an attentive voice in recording and documenting his surroundings. Series such as ‘Future Memories’ display the artist’s grasp of change and shifting topography of the city. Tsegaye’s work has been featured in publications such as Snap Judgments: New Directions in African Photography, 2007 and The New York Times.
Addis Fine Art was founded by Mesai Haileleul and Rakeb Sile, who share 20 years of local and international experience between them, and aim to provide a hub for an innovative arts programming, including: exhibitions, lectures, and events showcasing modern and contemporary artists from Ethiopia and the Diaspora.