MEET OUR ARTISTS
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Mulugeta Gebrekidan Desta graduated in 1992 from the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts & Design. This past year, he was awarded the 2014 Innovation Award on the “KLA ART 014” Festival Exhibition in Kampala, Uganda.
Mulugeta has held numerous solo exhibitions in Ethiopia - “The dialogue within” (2012) and "Nexus" (2009) art exhibitions in Asni gallery, “Wondering” exhibition in Goethe-Institute (2011) - as well as internationally - at theVirginia Creative Center for the Arts (VCCA), USA (2005), at the Volkshochschule Leipzig, Germany (2005) and Studio Am Schloss, Berlin, Germany (2005).
Mulugeta did his Art Residency in Virginia Creative Center for the Arts (VCCA), USA and in 32° East|Ugandan Arts Trust in Kampala, Uganda.
Gebrekidan works in multiple mediums - such as painting, video, photography, and installation. His current projects document the changes taking place in Addis Ababa (the capital of Ethiopia), reflecting on questions of identity, history and the culture of his city.
Mulugeta aims to capture the internal transformation of the hearts and minds of people affected by the rapid destruction and reconstruction of urban development. He creates a platform for visual, conceptual, and public dialogue on social issues through his site-specific works and public art interventions.
Mulugeta has shown his art in numerous group exhibition in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as well as abroad in Uganda, Georgia, Germany, Belgium, Senegal, Italy, South Africa and USA.