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“New thoughts, new works”
Addis Gezehagn
Art

“New thoughts, new works”

Addis Gezehagn is a studio artist that has been a long time presence in Addis Ababa’s art scene. This past year, he has exhibited ‘Floating Tower’ at Addis Fine Art, a series of works that explore socio-economic disparities in the city. His works have been showcased at the 1:54 Art Fair in London, FNB Joburg Art Fair in South Africa and various solo and group exhibitions in Addis.

The Reporter: What is an issue that has been on your mind a lot lately? 

Addis Gezehagn: The social and political situations in the country, especially seen in my work. This past year has been different from the past. 

What is your favorite holiday activity?

Spending time with family and seeing friends I don’t see very often.

What will be special about the coming year?

New thoughts, new works and exhibitions, listening to new music… brightness.

What is in your reading list for next year? 

‘Merek’ and ‘Yesinibit Kelemat’ by Adam Reta and Hiwot Teferra’s ‘Tower in the Sky’.

What is your favorite holiday dish?

Kitfo, Doro Wot and Qurt Siga.

“Going global”

Dagmawi Kassahun
Dagmawi Kassahun

I like to celebrate with family in the morning and grab afternoon drinks with friends.

What will be special about the coming year?

I’m looking forward to artists residencies I’ve applied to and I what to go global.

What is in your reading list for next year? 

I’m not much of a reader. 

Favorite holiday dish 

Doro Wot.

“Delivering Dimbit to the public”

Feven Elias
Feven Elias

    Feven Elias is     a young artist working in animation and motion graphics. Her            short film ‘Dimbit’ recently received recognition for creativity and      storytelling. Her crafty creations make the screen come to life.

 The Reporter: What is an issue that has been on your mind a    lot lately? 

  Feven Elias: How to be able to market ourselves and work     effectively.

  What is your favorite holiday activity?

  Tire Siga and Doro Wot with the family.

  What will be special about the coming year?

  I look forward to finishing my project ‘Dimbit’ and delivering it to      the public.

What is in your reading list for the next year?

‘She Dog’ by Phil Knight; ‘Living on Your Own Terms’ by Osho; ‘11 Minutes’ by Paulo Coelho; ‘Invisible Influence’ by Jonah Berger; ‘Contagious’ by Jonah Berger and ‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell 

What is your favorite holiday dish? 

Doro Wot.

“My handwritten newspapers will be out”

Robel Temesgen
Robel Temesgen

Robel Temesgen is an artist that has been exploring various concepts with his works, revealing the artist’s role as a social and political commentator. After getting his BFA from Alle School of Fine Arts and Design in 2010, he received his MA in Contemporary Art from the Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing from the University of Tromsø, Norway. His works have been exhibited in the UK, Sweden, Germany and the US.

The Reporter: What is an issue that has been on your mind a lot lately?

Robel Temesgen: The first thing is the state of our country, what is going on and what is to come, what to make out of it as a citizen and as an artist. Secondly, it is to plan further education (or any other platform to restore a solid time for proper research and knowledge). I enjoy teaching, exhibiting and traveling, but now I feel like it is time to plan ahead of time to enroll to be a full time student/researcher again.

What is your favorite holiday activity? 

For the past five years, I haven’t been in town for most of the holidays, so whenever I am, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends.

What will be special about the coming year?

I have a project called “Stale News”. After all the state of emergencies we have been through, this coming year is suitable for my handwritten newspapers to be out in Arat Kilo for circulation. It has contents from the resignation of the Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn to happenings in the present. The other special thing about the coming year is a couple of shows I am planning in Africa, looking inward like the upcoming shows in Nairobi and more.

What is in your reading list for the next year? 

‘Le Abay Wiha Mugit’ by Hailu Woldegiorgis; ‘Wede Menged Sewoch’ by Mezekir Girma; ‘Af’ by Adam Reta; ‘Art of Cruelty’ by Maggie Nelson; ‘The Trouble with Pleasure’, by Aaron Schuster;
‘Memory, Documents of Contemporary Art’ edited by Ian Farr;
and plenty of essays on Water Rituals, Hydro politics and cross-border water, and whatever I come across.

What is your favorite holiday dish?

I guess it is the inevitable – Doro Wot. But I also love the freshly made Dulet.

“Always working and creating”

Girma Berta
Girma Berta

Having begun photography with a smartphone, Girma Berta’s self-taught artistic practice has grown more precise and refined over the years. His works depict ordinary lives of people stripped of identifiable background. These pieces are at once familiar in their detail and disorienting in their refusal to offer context. Girma’s works elevate street photography’s daily documentation to the level of fine art.

The Reporter: What is an issue that has been on your mind a lot lately? 

Girma Berta: The political situation in Ethiopia. 

What is your favorite holiday activity?

I like to spend time with family and friends.

What will be special about the coming year?

I am always working and creating, it doesn’t matter the year is new.

What is in your reading list for the next year? 

‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***’ by Mark Manson; Dinner with Robert Mugabe’ by Heidi Holland; and ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell.

What is your favorite holiday dish?

Kitfo.

“Excited about the new developments”

Aron Simeneh
Aron Simeneh

Aron Simeneh is a skilled photographer based in Addis Ababa. He frames and documents incidents, events, and occurrences of importance to city residents. His photographs are visual stories that impart greatly detailed information in one small frame.

The Reporter: What is an issue that has been on your mind a lot lately?

Aron Simeneh: Politics.

What is your favorite holiday activity?

I don’t enjoy the holiday much so I don’t do anything.

What will be special about the coming year?

I am excited about the new political developments in Ethiopia.

What is in your reading list for the new year? 

‘Tower in the Sky’ by Hiwot Teferra

What is your favorite holiday dish

Doro Wot.

“Try to help people more”

Leikun Nahusenay
Leikun Nahusenay

Leikun Nahusenay is a multimedia artist that’s been practicing at the New Art Space Gedame Studio for the past 18 years. He works in installations, photography, woodcuts, painting and an experimental mix of all three. He uses color, composition, light and layering to explore issues of identity. His works have been exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions in Addis and abroad.

The Reporter: What is an issue that has been on your mind a lot lately? 

Leikun Nahusenay: Political changes in Ethiopia.

What is your favorite holiday activity? 

Every day is a holiday for me. I’ll be sharing in others’ celebrations and visiting parents.

What will be special about the coming year?

Try to help people more, awareness of others and giving them attention, listening to and helping the elderly.

What is in your reading list for next year? 

More books by Daniel Kibret

Favorite holiday dish

Doro Wot, Tibs, Dulet.

“New projects”

Eyerusalem Jiregna
Eyerusalem Jiregna

Eyerusalem Jiregna is an Addis-based photographer. Her works have been shown in exhibitions in Ethiopia, the US, London and South Africa. She examines city and rural life in her photographs, documenting the lives of individuals and communities in their vibrant and intimate homes.

What is an issue that has been on your mind a lot lately? 

The weather; that’s because I can’t travel and do my projects as much and work is slow.

What is your favorite holiday activity? 

Visiting my grandparents.

What will be special about the coming year?

New Year, new great Prime Minster, new projects, possibly starting a new business!

What is in your reading list for next year?

‘Atse Yohannes Ena Ye Ethiopia Andinet’ by Tekletsadik Mekuria; ‘Oromai’ by Bealu Girma; ‘Autumn of Fury’ by Mohamed Heikal
‘Lela Sew’ by Mehret Debebe (PhD); ‘Swallowed by the Cold’ by Jensen Beach and The Bible.

What is your favorite holiday dish?

Alicha Doro Wot and Gomen Kitfo.