Addis Contemporary II

Circle Art Gallery 14 April – 7 May 2021

A group exhibition curated by Mifta Zeleke

Featuring: Kirubel Abebe, Surafel Amare, Engidaget Legesse Abede, Kidus Bezzawok, Direje Demissie, Henok Getachew, Girmachew Getnet, Tamrat Gezahegne, Meron Hailu, Engidaye Lemma, Ashenafi Mestika, Selome Muleta, Amare Seifu, Alexander Tadesse, Tiemar Tegene, Tibebe Terffa, Eyasu Tilayeneh, Liayne Tilahun

This second version of ‘Addis Contemporary II, 6 years on’ can be regarded as a snapshot of how the Addis art scene has flourished from the fertile bed rock of the modernist period. The participating artists are a cross section, representing the determined growth of the city’s art scene. We can see a thematic and stylistic range; from the modernist painter Tibebe Terffa’s sustained practice of aesthetics to the established and emerging artists who bring vigorous academic skills; research and contemporary approaches to making art.  This show, six years after the first edition, displays the depth and breadth of Ethiopia’s contemporary art, which for so long has stood alienated from the East African art scene but is now becoming increasingly interconnected to the artscape of the South. This exhibition could instigate further scholarly and independent investigation into Ethiopia’s art scene,  as well as a chance to access and collect contemporary art from Addis.
– Mifta Zeleke, April 2021

There will be a talk on Thursday, 14 April, at 11am with the curator of the exhibition, Mifta Zeleke, and participating artists Surafel Amare, Tamrat Gezahegne, Selome Muleta, and Amare Seifu. Click the link below to reserve a place at the talk.