Addis Ababa: The Enigma of the ‘New’ and the ‘Modern’

Addis Ababa: The Enigma of the ‘New’ and the ‘Modern’

An Exhibition of four artists

October 19 to December 19 2013

The exhibition Addis Ababa: The Enigma of the ‘New’ and the ‘Modern’ showcased four artists whose artistic voices interrogated notions of development and its impact on cultural identity. Their intervention was significant as they brought into question the shifting meanings of truth and agency into the discourse of development and identity. Questioning the changes that are rapidly changing their environments, Michael Tsegaye, Berhanu Ashagrie, Mehret Kebede and Mulugeta Gebrekidans presented provocative works that depicted the very nature of modern existence in Addis Ababa and its implications. Raising multilayered ethical and philosophical questions, artists challenged the genesis of the city’s social and cultural lives in its unmediated embrace to the promises of modernity. Curated by Dr. Elizabeth W Giorgis, Addis Ababa the Enigma of the ‘New’ and ‘Modern’ challenged the contemporary social and political phenomena of development. The artists in this exhibition also urged the contemporary African art platform to connect experiences of diverse critical projects of various regions of Africa where these can contribute to larger arguments.