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Cutting edge art movement emerges in Ethiopia
By Jenny Vaughan (AFP)
ADDIS ABABA — Under a canopy of trees in a park not far from Addis Ababa's National Museum, home of many of Ethiopia's historic national treasures, a contemporary art revolution is quietly afoot.
It is here at Netsa Art Village that the experimental work made from shoelaces by Merhet Debebe can be found, or the vibrantly-coloured work of Tamrat Gazahegn, who uses tree trunks as canvases.
Nearby are the giant sculptures of jazz musicians, trains and horse-drawn carts made from metal scraps and trash by Tesfahun Kibru.
The collective, the only one of its kind in Ethiopia, is made up of 15 artists who are spearheading Ethiopia's contemporary art movement, shifting away from endless copies of Ethiopia's ancient Coptic Christian paintings.
Still in its infancy, the movement marks a daring shift away from the commercial art that dominates many of Ethiopia's mainstream galleries, and seeks to put the country on the map in the international art world as a source for cutting edge work.
"We're trying to say that Ethiopia is not just a place for cultural and historic and prehistoric treasures, but contemporary work too," said Desta Meghoo, an art curator living in Ethiopia. "We don't want to continue to be a footnote in art."
Looks like people here are swallowed in politics and nonesense gossips, no one seems to care about contemporary arts.
What a shame!
Anyways, whatever is said and done, nothing is gonna stop the on going growth and progress in every sector back home in Ethiopia. That is the bottom line!
In modern day Ethiopia this days, THE SKY IS LIMIT!
Adgi ,the event is happening in Addis where 99% of the peoples are starving .Not really in NY or any other US city where artists can live with their Skills .If these artists are trying to express with their paintings and sculptures they are surely welcomed .Afterall your Daily Lies are UNLIMITED even beyond the SKY…LOL !!!!!
I am an artist living in Los Angeles, CA. I visited Ethiopia 2x recently and took note of the thriving contemporary arts scene. I then co-founded Ethiopia Creates, an art competition, with Nikki Legesse. The first winner, Tewodros Hagos was brought for a solo exhibition in Los Angeles in February where his art sold very well and was well received. We will launch year 2 of Ethiopia Creates in June and hope to see some of these artists in our submissions.
What a great story! Thanks!
That’s the kind of success stories we continue to hear from our progressive country these days.
Speaking of the starving artists and alike back home, I’m sure there are so many creative minds waiting to be discoverd. Your company is the realistic way of making it happen.
Keep up the good works!
Teddy why don’t you make 100% what negative person you are your life must suck to display such hate for ethiopia
Mr positive person, what positive thing have you done for your country. Teddy at list he is exposing Leba BANDAS that have invaded his country. You on the other hand is conspiring with the BANDA leba govenement to still from the poor Ethiopian people. So who is Leba negative person who hate Ethiopia? It is people like whose like suck to much they will resort to selling their country for money. So, get your own life straitened first before you opened your diarrhea mouth.
Tedy-segera Afe is exposing no one–but himself. I think he his ass and mouth are connected somehow; and that is the reason we see a lot of feces from his mouth.
Tell him to clean up. You are the same, nevertheless. Genfo legenfo bedegagef, abro zefe.
***To Lori Precious****
only the weyane cadres are allowed to travel to the U.S. and exhibit their art works.
The rest of Ethiopian population languishes in wretched way life.
Such is the sad situation in our nation.
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