Addis Video Art Festival

Second Edition International Video Art Festival 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Addis Video Art Festival intends to provide a platform for innovative video art in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The festival will screen throughout the city in a variety of locations including street corners, rooftops, public centers and art centers. By sharing video art in both conventional and non-conventional settings, the festival will reach both the artist community and the everyday passerby. The festival aims to create a dialogue between local, and international artists by encouraging digital media culture.

Theme: 'LOVE TRIANGLE'

"Triangulation: a method of finding a distance or location by measuring the distance between two points whose exact location is known and then measuring the angles between each point and a third unknown point"

In continuation of its first addition "New Home", Addis Video Art Festival is seeking video art shorts that interpret the notion of a "Love Triangle”.

“Love Triangle” implies a connection and ties between three entities; the subject and two objects. Due to a surge in development, many residents of the city of Addis Ababa will be relocating to new neighborhoods. For those who move their sense of belonging is no longer singular, instead they are tied between yesterday and today, here and there. 
The festival seeks works that translate new positions that are created from the experience of moving or changing between place, time and or identity.
For more information please visit: www.addisvideoartfestival.net

 

Regulation and Guidelines

- Open to national and international artists
- Submission deadline August, 01 2016
- Free submission
- Theme: "Love Triangle"
- Single channel videos only
- Works must be made within the past 3 years
- If the work uses a language other than English, it must be subtitled in English
- Maximum duration 15 minutes

- Two works may be submitted per artist/ requiring a separate entry form per submission /Download entry here: http://addisvideoartfestival.net/AVAF16-enrty_form

- Preview links (to Vimeo, YouTube or a personal website) should be sent to contact@addisvideoartfestival.net with password if required

- Selected artist will be notified by Nov 1st at which point a screening copy will be requested


Addis Fine Art Presents Emanuel Tegene at The 2016 Armory Focus 

March 3 - 6, 2016

Hypocrite I, 2015

Hypocrite I, 2015

 

Addis Fine Art announces its participation in the 2016 Armory Focus in New York with the presentation of works by Ethiopian artist Emanuel Tegene.

Armory Focus, now in its 7th edition, is an invitation-only fair that spotlights the artistic landscape of a different region each year. This year's Focus surveys contemporary artistic production from African viewpoints. Focus: African Perspectivesis curated by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, founders of Contemporary And, an online platform for international art from African perspectives.

Addis Fine Art will be the first Ethiopian gallery to exhibit at this renowned event, and will debut their presence with the works of painter Emanuel Tegene (b.1985, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). Tegene is widely regarded as a top emerging talent in Ethiopia. He started his career as a cartoonist at Saloon Ethiopia and has also worked as an illustrator. Tegene's practice explores the changing cultural dynamics of Ethiopian society, which are deeply rooted in his own personal encounters.

Tegene's debut exhibition was the Art of Memory (2012), at the Italian Cultural Institute, Addis Ababa. He has also been featured in group exhibitions at the Ethiopian National Gallery (2012), the African Union Golden Jubilee (2013), the Institute of Ethiopian Studies Museum (2013) and Addis Fine Art Gallery (2016). Recent solo exhibitions include Art and Social Commentary: Here and There, Tobya Art Gallery, Seattle (2015), the Galani Gallery, Addis Ababa (2014) and Angels & Demons, Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa (2014). 

2016 ARMORY FOCUS: AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES

Armory Focus, now in its 7th edition, is an invitational section on Pier 94 that spotlights the artistic landscape of a different region each year.

Focus: African Perspectives – Spotlighting Artistic Practices of Global Contemporaries is curated by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, founders of Contemporary And, an online platform for international art from African perspectives.  Moving beyond conventional ideas of the African continent and its “counterpart,” “the Western hemisphere,” this year’s Focus will provide a glimpse of international artistic production from contemporary African viewpoints: emerging curators, artists, galleries and art spaces that connect scenes and markets through global networks. From Lagos to London to Luanda – and presented together for the first time in one location – this year’s Focus will examine the artistic developments and manifold narratives arising from African and African Diasporic artists, emphasizing geographic fluidity and global connections.

http://www.thearmoryshow.com/exhibitors/focus_african_perspectives.html


Official Opening of Addis Fine Art in Addis Ababa, January 9, 2016

Addis Fine Art announces the official launch of its new space in Addis Ababa with the inaugural exhibition Addis Calling on January 9th 2016.

Addis Calling celebrates the breadth and depth of artistic practice in Addis Ababa through the presentation of works by seven contemporary artists who live and work in the capital. The exhibition; a vibrant mix of painting, photography and mixed media, reflects the dynamic artistic activity in Addis Ababa today.

The participating artists are Dawit Abebe, Workneh Bezu, Tamrat Gezahegne, Yosef Lule, Leikun Nahusenay, Emanuel Tegene and Michael Tesgaye.

 

TAMRAT GEZAHEGN 

Indigenous Sky I, 2015

Indigenous Sky I, 2015

EMANUEL TEGENE 

Hypocrite I, 2015

Hypocrite I, 2015

YOSEF LULE 

Past and Future I, 2015

Past and Future I, 2015

DAWIT ABEBE 

Rank & Providence I, 2015

Rank & Providence I, 2015

MICHAEL TSEGAYE 

Yabelo I, 2012

Yabelo I, 2012

LEIKUN NAHUSENAY

Colours Of Ethiopia: Somali I, 2014

Colours Of Ethiopia: Somali I, 2014

WORKNEH BEZU

Angel Series IV, 2014

Angel Series IV, 2014


REFLECTION - An art exhibition by Yoseph Seboksa, Kidane Getaw & Natnael Ashebir at Taza Gallery 

Opens Dec 19, 2015, 4:00 pm - will stay open for one month 

Gaza Gallery location - Addis Ababa, Vatican Embassy Area; next to Gibson Youth Academy, or in front of the UAE Embassy on Egypt Street

Facebook - Taza-Ethiopia  

Tel: +251 911 244 528


Open Call - Addis Foto Fest 

DEADLINE Dec 29, 2015

The international Addis Foto Fest Fourth Edition will be taking place in December of 2016. We are now announcing our worldwide open call for submissions.  If you are a photographer, curator, or photography collective and would like to submit your work for consideration to be exhibited in our festival please see the details below:

IMAGES:  Please submit 10 low resolution .jpg photos,

CONTENT:  Please submit your bio, and a 500 word maximum description of your work.

WHERE TO SEND:  EMAIL Your submission should be sent in the form of an email to addisfotofest@gmail.com .

SUBJECT LINE:  Please format the subject line of your email to look like this “Submission: Name of Photographer, Country”, for example “Submission: Sarah Smith, Canada” otherwise we may miss your submission.

For more information on Addis Foto Fest go to https://addisfotofest.wordpress.com


Installations from Theo Eshetu's Constellations, the first solo exhibition in the UK by the London-born Ethiopian artist

25 September – 31 October 2015

Private View: Thursday 24 September 2015, 18:30 – 20:30
rsvp to info@tiwani.co.uk

Anima Mundi, 2014 Multimedia and video installation

Anima Mundi, 2014
Multimedia and video installation

The Mirror Ball Constellation No.1, 2015 C-Print, 120 x 100cm

The Mirror Ball Constellation No.1, 2015
C-Print, 120 x 100cm


Theo Eshetu was born in 1958 in London and grew up in Addis Ababa, Dakar and Belgrade before establishing himself professionally in Rome. He currently lives and works in Berlin.  Throughout the '80s and '90s, his works were shown at major video art festivals, receiving awards in Berlin and Locarno. Recent solo shows include Brave New World at the Museum of African Art, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (2010) and The Return of the Axum Obelisk at the DAADGalerie, Berlin (2014). Eshetu’s works have also been presented at the Kochi Biennale (2014), the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), Snap Judgments (2006, curated by Okwui Enwezor) and the Venice Film Festival (2004).

Tiwani Contemporary now represents Theo Eshetu and is delighted to announce his first solo exhibition in the UK. Considered one of the most influential media practitioners of the contemporary era, the London-born Ethiopian artist is known for his pioneering work across TV, film and video. 

Since the 1980s, Theo Eshetu has combined the formal components of film with anthropological ideas to examine the notion of culture itself. His manipulation of time and light leads to work that draws on themes, images and symbols from the artist’s dual European and African background. As one of the first artists to work exclusively with video art, Eshetu has contributed significantly to the medium’s recognition within the context of fine art. 

Tiwani Contemporary will show Eshetu’s acclaimed 2014 work Anima Mundi, an immersive multimedia and video installation. Situated within a mirror box, the work’s flickering globe of moving images alludes both to the multiplicity of ways to perceive the world and the capacity of video to create illusions. An abstract narrative references anthropology, art history, scientific research, religious rituals and iconography, history and personal experience. The viewer is also part of this tableau as their own image is reflected ad infinitum, representing the idea of life as a spectacle, and a telling metaphor of our modern-day obsession with images.

The five-screen video installation Meditation Light (2006) will also be exhibited at the gallery. A fragmented record of Ethiopia, where Eshetu lived until the age of five, the piece's preoccupation with light underlines its role as the raw material for video. In fixing fleeting memories onto film reel, the work challenges the way in which new media art can evoke intrinsically human experiences. In connection with Anima MundiMeditation Light considers arbitrary distinctions between 'us' and 'them', which have informed much of film and television's representations of non-western cultures.

The exhibition will also display works from The Mirror Ball Constellation (2013), a series based on an intervention in which the artist placed a disco ball in the celebrated Polynesian Boat room at the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, as a comment on the museum's move from its current location in Dahlem to the Humboldt Forum. The photographs show traditional masks and globes partially covered with tiny pieces of mirror to reflect the entertainment-oriented nature of the museum, demonstrating the modern world's preoccupation with performance and spectacle. With the erasure of established nations and continents, the globe becomes one sequinned shape, echoing Eshetu’s personal experience of cultural hybridity and, quoting the 1970s band Funkadelic, creating what he refers to as 'one nation under a groove'.


Online Auction of Contemporary Art from Africa and Diaspora - The Auction Room - London. Featuring works by Ethiopian Artist Ephrem Solomon

 
 

 

This online auction of contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora features recognised artists, including: Solomon Ephrem - see auction lot through -  (http://theauctionroom.com/auctions/147#20), Cheri Samba who is currently exhibited in Foundation Cartier’s Beauté Congo, Julien Sinzogan, William Kentridge, Romuald Hazoumé, Bruce Onobrakpeya and Owusu-Ankomah.This year the auction will also focus on work by artists from the African diaspora, including Chris Ofili, Sokari Douglas Camp, Shoshanna Weinberger, Jean-Francois Bocle, Cullen Washington JR. and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Estimates range from £500 up to £36,000 - making it appealing to both first-time buyers and international collectors of contemporary art.

AUCTION DATE:

20th October 2015, LIVE auction at 2:00pm

AUCTION INFORMATION:

All works will be on view at Ely House from 16th – 20th October.
Ely House
37 Dover Street
London W1S 4NJ

http://theauctionroom.com/about

Opening times, weekdays: 10am - 5:30pm
Weekends: 10:30am - 5pm

For all enquiries, including condition report requests, please contact: georgia.spray@theauctionroom.com | +44 (0)20 7499 4406


DON'T MISS 


GLIMPS OF TIME, Exhibition by Ermias Ekube 

September 19 - October 4, 2015

At Lela Art Gallery; for directions call 0911 300756


Call for Applications - Artist in Residency 

Each year, the Africa Centre, provides artists with the unique opportunity to spend four to six weeks fully dedicated to developing their craft. This year through partnerships with residency programmes in Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania and the United States, the Center is proud to offer thirteen unique residencies for the 2015 AIR programme.

AIR is seeking applications from high caliber African artists who are provocative, innovative, socially engaged and stretching the boundaries of their artistic practice.

The AIR partners select an artist from a short list provided by the Africa Centre, for one of their 2015 or 2016 residencies. The costs of the residency and round-trip airfare are included in each residency awards.

The residencies are available to artists in different stages of their career development (from emerging to late career) across all disciplines: visual arts, performing arts; creative & literary arts; film; music & curatorial practice. Each residency offers a distinct structure, set of requirements and duration.

Read our application guidelines for further information about the thirteen residency opportunities and apply today.

Deadline for application submissions is 30th September 2015.

Download the Application Guidelines.

Download the Application Form.


Ethiopian Annual Art Festival at The Ethiopian National Cultural Center in Addis Ababa; June 4 - 14, 2015


SILENT DIALOGUE by Tewodros Hagos: May 9 - June 7, 2015


LOADING: Art Exhibition by Surafel Amare, Addis Ababa


 A Conversation On Photography In Ethiopia And         Guyana

  Tuesday, April 28, 2015
      6:30–8pm
      ICI Curatorial Hub
      401 Broadway, Suite 1620
      FREE and open to the public


Via her work as a photographer, and founder/curator of the Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa’s first international photography festival, Aida Muluneh has been forging new platforms to explore the ways in which the image of Africa is projected, interpreted, negotiated, and marketed in the global world. Through various multi-media projects, Grace Aneiza Ali, a recent Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellow, explores how photographers in Guyana and its diaspora are countering the “picturing paradise” narrative the global public often sees of the Caribbean/South American region and the ways they are moving away from satisfying global appetites for the tropical and the exotic.

Muluneh and Ali will present their work and engage in a conversation about photography in Ethiopia and Guyana. They will offer their thoughts on the connections and intersections on the contemporary photography coming out of these two regions and the ways in which both photography communities negotiate politics of representation. 


This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@curatorsintl.org with AIDA in the subject line.

Aida Muluneh is the Director/Founder of Desta for Africa. Established in 2010, it is the vision of award-winning photographer Muluneh. Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Aida left the country at a young age and spent an itinerant childhood between Yemen and England. After several years in a boarding school in Cyprus, she finally settled in Canada in 1985. In 2000, she graduated with a degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in the Communications Department with a major in film. After graduation she worked as a photojournalist at the Washington Post and other publications. As an exhibiting artist, a collection of her images can be found in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and the Museum of Biblical Art in the United States. She is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie in Bamoko, Mali, as well as the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of photography in Spilimbergo, Italy. Aida is the founder of the first international photography festival in Ethiopia, the Addis Foto Fest. She continues to curate and develop cultural projects with local and international institutions through her company DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) For Africa in Addis Ababa.


Call for Applications: Addis Video Art Festival 

Addis Video Art Festival is now accepting applications.

Addis Ababa is currently in the midst of massive transformation. It is expanding drastically, over a quarter of its current residents relocating to new neighborhoods. Old communities are disappearing and new ones are forming. Paralleling the current state of the city, Addis Video Art Festival seeks works that explore and interpret the complex idea of “new home” whether it be an external literal physical home, an internal psychological home or a cyber-home.

Addis Video Art Festival  intends to provide a platform for innovative video art in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The festival will screen throughout the city in a variety of locations including street corners, rooftops, public centers and art centers. By sharing video art in both conventional and non-conventional settings, the festival will reach both the artist community and the everyday passerby. The festival aims to create a dialogue between local, and international artists by encouraging digital media culture.

Regulation and Guidelines

– Submission deadline August 01 2015

– Open call to national and international artists

– Free submission

– Theme: “New home”

– Single channel videos only

– Digital submission only

– Works must be made within the past 3 years

– If the work uses a language other than English, the videos must be subtitled in English

– Maximum duration 15 minutes

– Two works may be submitted per artist/ requiring a separate entry form per submission

– Preview links (to Vimeo, YouTube or a personal website) should be sent to contact@addisvideoartfestival.net with password if required

– Selected artist will be notified by Nov 1st at which point a screening copy will be requested

For ore information, please visit www.addisvideoartfestival.net

Download entry form 


EARTH FROM ABOVE 

Fassiledes Castel, Gondar, Ethiopia 

Fassiledes Castel, Gondar, Ethiopia 

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a French photographer, journalist, reporter, environmentalist and author has explored the universe for years taking pictures from a helicopter for his book entitled “Earth from Above”. Arthus-Bertrand has captured spectacular inn Ethiopia - views of the church of Laibela, the Castles of Gondar, the Obelisks of Axum. A photo exhibition of his works started  at Alliance Ethio-Française, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this past week on April 7. 

Most of the photographs in Earth from Above were taken from a helicopter between 30 and 3000 meter altitude and after some 4000 hours of flight. This exhibition has been seen by over 120 million people in 100 cities around the world since it first opened on the grids of the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris in the year 2000. More than three million copies of the book have been sold and it has been translated into 24 languages. 


Taza Art Exhibition: March 21 - April 4, 2015; Addis Ababa 

Taza Art Exhibition

Taza Art Exhibition Will Be Unveiling The Works Of Ethiopian Artists Surafel Amare, Yonatan Wondwosen, Leykun Wondyefraw, Nigatu Solomon, Tesfa Solomon And Nitsusew Terefe. 


Dawit Abebe And Ephrem Solomon To Show At Pangaea II, Sacchi Gallery, London, From March 11 To September 6, 2015. 

Dawit Abebe

http://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/dawit_abebe.htm?section_name=pangaea_II

Dawit Abebe, No.2 Background 3, 2014, mixed media painting, 150cm by 130cm 

 

Dawit Abebe, X Privacy 4, 2014, mixed media drawing on paper, 140cm by 100cm 

Ephrem Solomon 

http://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/ephrem_solomon.htm?section_name=pangaea_II

Ephrem Solomon, Dignity of the Lady, 2013, woodcut and mixed media, 90cm by 95cm

Ephrem Solomon, Untitled (Portrait Series), 2013, woodcut and mixed media, 32cm by 32cm 

 


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