Kunsthall Oslo

Coming Together

7. februar-1. mars 2020
Rostockgata 2-4

Performance fredag 7. februar kl. 19 – mat og musikk fra kl. 20

Seminar februar 14. februar kl. 13-16 – How should independent artists organise?

Manifesto launch fredag 21. februar kl. 19

Berhanu Ashagrie, Tesfaye Bekele, Henok Getachew, Robel Temesgen, Helen Zeru

Fem kunstnere fra Addis Ababa, som også arbeider med undervisning, organisasjon, tekst og performance, skal bo og arbeide i Oslo i tre uker. Regjeringsskiftet i Etiopia i 2018 har for første gang på mange tiår gitt et politisk klima hvor det er mulig å forestille seg etableringen av autonome institusjoner. Utstillingsrommet på Kunsthall Oslo vil for Coming Together fungere som verksted, tenketank og rom for diskusjon som legger til rette for å behandle spørsmålet om hvordan uavhengige kunstnere kan organisere seg? En utstilling som utfolder over tid vil ledsages av granskning, diskusjoner og utarbeiding av et program for en ny kunstnerorganisasjon som konstitueres i 2020. I tillegg skal det holdes tre åpne arrangement, et hver uke i løpet av utstillingsperioden. Arrangementene bringer sammen representanter fra Addis og Oslo for å utforske likhetene og forskjellene mellom disse stedene og fastslå hva vi kan dele og lære av hverandre.

Coming Together er støttet av Fritt Ord og Kulturrådet.

Biographies

Berhanu Ashagrie is a visual artist and an assistant professor at the Addis Ababa University, Ale School of Fine Arts and Design. He has been critically engaged with various individual and collective artistic projects inside and outside studio environment. Multidisciplinary creative outcomes of his projects have been shown in different countries; some of which are Ethiopia, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France, Georgia, Italy, Greece, Spain, England. Berhanu has actively been working on issues that come along with modernization of urban spaces and places and the human conditions in it. Currently, Berhanu is working as an artist-researcher at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts on two years’ research project, funded by FWF-PEEK project Fund.

Born in 1982, Tesfaye Bekele grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during a shifting cultural and political landscape in the country. As a young child he began drawing art out of interest as a way to document the images in his community. In 2007 he attended the Addis Ababa University, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Art(s) in Art Education.

Henok Getachew graduated with a B.A in Art Education from Ale School of Fine Arts and Design in 2008. Since graduation, he has used techniques ranging from performance to painting and mixed media to generate his body of work. His works emphasize the history of each object and process of creation. His work touches on questions around consumerism, global climate crisis and the impact of technology on society. After graduation he helped found a unique artist collective named Netsa Art Village with ten other Ethiopian Artists in 2009, an artists collective dedicated to showcase experimental art work and engage the community with local and international art practice. Henok has exhibited and performed in many venues including Hamburger Bahnhof Museum of Modern art, German cultural Institute Addis Ababa, Berlin Kühl Hause, Asni Gallery, Alliance Ethio-Française, LIAP, British Council Dare Salaam. He has been based in Berlin since 2017.

Robel Temesgen (b. 1987, Ethiopia) received his MFA in Contemporary Art from Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and creative writing, University of Tromsø, Norway in 2015 and a BFA in Painting from ASFAD, Addis Abeba University in 2010. His practice focuses on painting and encompasses elements of performance, installation, video and collaborative projects. Since 2010, Temesgen is a Lecturer at the Department of Painting, Ale School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa University. His work has been exhibited in Ethiopia and internationally.

Helen Zeru is a visual artist based in Addis Ababa. Her practice often begins as a healing process, dealing with personal incidents in the artist’s life. Starting as a reflection of these private themes the work often ends up entering a broader social context, touching relevant and pressing issues in the society in which Zeru lives. The current and rapid urban gentrification process occurring in Addis Ababa and how it affects the lives of inhabitants from a broad spectrum of society within the city is one such issue Zeru is currently exploring. Zeru began her practice exploring the medium of woodcut printing. She later moved into mixed media techniques and currently executes work through photography, installation, video art and performance. Zeru has exhibited extensively in Ethiopia and internationally. Exhibitions include: Public Art Screening, Kampala; Yugoslav History Museum, Belgrade; The Studios Das Weisse Haus, Vienna; EnBw Show Room, Berlin; 1stTibilis Triennial, Georgia; Independent Curators International (ICI), New York; GIZ, Addis Ababa and Modern Art Museum Addis Ababa.

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