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Mulugeta Gebrekidan

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"I tried to learn how to observe my confined space and get a meaning out of it that can be translated in to art."

 

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I am a visual artist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After studying painting at Addis Ababa University’s School of Fine Arts and Design, I have worked as a studio artist and graphic designer. I have participated in exhibitions, residency programs, workshops and festivals in Africa, Europe and the US.

After focusing on painting for several years, my artistic practice shifted towards photography, video, and performance art. Since 2015, in addition to galleries and museums I have been using public spaces to create my art and inspire dialogue on social issues.



Education

Fine Arts Diploma in 1992

Painting at Addis Ababa University’s Alle School of Fine Arts and Design


Selected Exhibitions – Solo

2017: ​“Welcome” at Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2016: ​“DISS-PLACED VOICES” Photography and Video art exhibition, Institut-Francais in Kinshasa, DRC

2012: ​“The dialogue within” painting exhibition, Asni Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2011​: “Wondering” exhibition, Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2005: ​Virginia Creative Center for the Arts (VCCA), USA

2005​: Volkshochschule Leipzig, Germany

2005: ​Studio Am Schloss, Berlin, Germany


Selected Exhibitions – Group

2020: ​“After Our Dear Country Failed” DIGITAL ART CENTER, Taipei, Taiwan

2016​: “Ghosts of the Civil Dead” at Transkit.sk in Bratislava, Slovakia

2015​: “FAMILIARITY. IMPERIAL Myths” Vereinigung bildender Kunstlerinnen Osterreichs (VBKO) Vienna, Austria

2014​: “KLA ART 014” Kampala Contemporary Art Festival, Kampala. Uganda

2013: ​“Addis Ababa-The enigma of the ‘New’ and the ‘Modern’ ” at the Modern Art Museum: Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2013​: ‘Wax and Gold’ performance art on freedom of artistic expression, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2012​: “1st Tbilisi Triennial-Offside Effect” at State Museum of Georgian Literature, Georgia

2012​: “Future Makers” Traveling Photography exhibition at Landes Museum in Bonn, Berlin, Germany, Addis Ababa National Museum and Angola

2012​: “BOLERO”, Part of MANIFESTA 9 Parallel Events at TVL café / Bibliotheek, Genk, Belgium

2010​: “9th Dakart Biennale 2010” Dakar, Senegal

2010: ​“Contemporary Art in Africa” Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Italy

2007: ​“Ethiopian New Millennium Exhibition” Studio Am Schloss, Berlin, Germany

2008​: “Abro Ethiopia-Embryo” Asni Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2007​: “Ethiopian New Millennium Exhibition” Studio Am Schloss, Berlin, Germany

2005: ​“You saw one You know all” Galerie Peter Herrmann, Berlin, Germany

2004​: Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts & Design, Ethiopia

2003​: Studio Am Schloss, Berlin, Germany


Film Festivals

2017: ​ESPACIO ABIERTO Festival in Madrid, Spain

2017: ​2nd Addis Video Art Festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2016: ​Boda Boda Launge Video Art Festival screened in 16 cities of the African countries

2015​: 1st Addis Video Art Festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2015: ​Szczecin European Film Festival in Szczecin, Poland

2011: ​The Streaming Festival, online platform


Art in Residency Programs

2020​: Asni Contemporary Art

2016​: Institut-Francais in Kinshasa, DRC

2015​: Vienna Art Academy in Vienna, Austria

2014: ​32 degree East – Uganda Arts Trust. Kampala, Uganda

2005: ​Virginia Creative Center for the Arts (VCCA), USA


Award

Innovation Award on “KLA ART 014” Festival Exhibition in Kampala, Uganda

 

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