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‘Stories from the City’ photo exhibition

A photography exhibition, which is entitled Stories from the City, will be showcased at the Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa on November 1, 2016 at 6pm.

The exhibition features the work of six emerging photographers from Addis Ababa. The idea and concept of this second outcome of the portfolio reading meeting at the Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa earlier this year was jointly developed by the photographers Eyerusalem Adugna, Nader Adem, Leikun Nahusenay, Fikirte Mengesha, Anteneh Girma, Samira Messner and the curator Katrin Peters-Klaphake.
Starting from the idea to look at people and places in urban contexts, the displayed works grapple with themes that are strongly rooted in the experiences and living conditions of urban citizens. Through their lens, the photographers present individual and commonly shared narratives about ways of living in a town of today. While the individual approaches and motivations of the participants vary quite significantly, they all share the intention of telling stories with photographic means.
The exhibition will be open until December 9, 2016.

Lithography workshop @ Goethe-Institut

A lithography workshop with students from the Alle School of Fine Arts & Design, with the support of the Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa and in cooperation with the HfBK (Hochschule für Bildende Künste/ University Of Fine Arts) Dresden, commenced on October 24.

The results will be presented in the Gallery of Alle School of Fine Arts & Design from November 10-30, 2016.
Since 2014, both Art schools have been connected through a partnership agreement and could entrench a successful cooperation and exchange between teachers and students with the generous support of the Goethe-Institut.
Last year, the Goethe-Institut invited two young artists from the art academy in Dresden to create a workshop for sculpting with the students from Alle School of Fine Arts & Design. This year, the head of the lithography studio in Dresden, Frank Walther, will be the guest. He will, together with Klaus Mertens, a German artist who teaches at the art academy in Addis Ababa since 2010, conduct a workshop in the technique of lithography.

Playback – The African Union: 20 to 20,000 HZ @ Gebre Kristos Desta Center

An exhibition with works from Emeka Ogboh will be opened on Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6pm, at the Modern Art Museum: Gebre Kristos Desta Center.
The exhibition, which is entitled Playback – The African Union: 20 to 20,000 HZ, aims to give insight into the working process for a project at the African Union of the Nigerian sound artist Ogboh, who is the winner of the competition for an artwork for the new Julius Nyerere Peace and Security Building of the African Union in Addis Ababa.
The exhibition is based on sound and archive materials the artist compiled for his installation work at the building in Addis Ababa. He brings together historical speeches broadcast by the Ethiopian radio network on the occasion of the founding ceremony of the Organization of African Unity in 1963 with newly arranged compositions and his own sound recordings.

Referencing the principle of “Unity in Diversity” Ogboh develops an adaptation of the anthem of the African Union based on translations into various African languages.

Teddy Yo in new Africology video

The New York City-based music and entertainment company, Africology, recently released their first music video production entitled “Alegntaye” featuring popular Ethiopian hip-hop artiste Teddy Yo and Joe Lox.

This year Africology artistes have also been nominated in four categories at the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), which is scheduled to be held in Lagos, Nigeria from November 4-8, 2016. 

All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, is designed to promote the distinct rich African music worldwide, engaging millions of fans by propelling African music to glorious pinnacles beyond the borders of Africa. AFRIMA is a combined effort to recognize, award, promote and preserve Africa’s rich music culture. In partnership with the African Union, AU, it is expected to be the biggest music event in Africa.

Africology’s nominations for the 2016 edition of All Africa Music Awards also include Anteneh Minalu’s “Wayo” in Best Artiste/Duo/Group In African Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall and in Best Promising Artiste categories and Jano Band’s “Darigne” in Best Artiste/Duo/Group In African Rock and in Best Africa Group.