Berhanu Ashagrie: Wulo

The Modern Art Museum - GKDC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
13 Oct 2023 - 17 Nov 2023

Still-life (photo and video), Berhanu Ashagrie, Addis Ababa, © 2023.

Photographer: Naod Lema

Still-life (photo and video), Berhanu Ashagrie, Addis Ababa, © 2023. Photographer: Naod Lema

Wulo exhibition presents a body of works by Berhanu Ashagrie that are processes and outcomes of ongoing artistic research focused on the concepts and practices of mourning, as a layered aesthetic, pedagogical, and political language.

In one way or another, each of us has been impacted by precarious socio-political conditions, both in the past and the present, that should make us potential candidates to imagine coming together based on vulnerability and loss. Despite differences, individuals and communities share a common thread that binds us through the shared experience of loss, allowing us to connect to a different sense of We. The fundamental element here is the acknowledgment of the tenuousness of this We, that requires collective responsibility and responsiveness.

The exhibition includes diverse process-driven and multidisciplinary artworks. As an integral part of the exhibition, a workshop will also be organized, fostering a communal space where individuals can come together to engage in collective dialogues and practices of mourning. This collaborative workshop aims to intertwine our diverse perspectives and emotions, weaving them into a collective journey and deeper understanding of shared socio-political conditions.

The title of the exhibition and the workshop, Wulo, is adapted from a mourning tradition that fosters a communal gathering to collectively address suppressed or postponed grief.




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