The Thami Mnyele Foundation kindly invites you to the studio presentation of Assefa Gebrekidan (Ethiopia) this coming Thursday afternoon, July 27. As his three monts artist in residence has come to an end, Assefa Gebrekidan will return to Ethiopia at the 5th of August. At July 27, from 17.00 until 21.00 the artist will be presenting a selection of drawings and objects as a result of his working period in Amsterdam during the months May – June – July 2006. Assefa Gebrekidan will give an introduction on his work and insight in the current situation in the field of the arts in Ethiopia.
27 July 2006 / 17.00 – 21.00 h.
Thami Mnyele guest studio
Bellamystraat 21 (behind Ten Cate markt)
Contact Assefa Gebrekidan at
Thami Mnyele Foundation
Born in Axum, Ethiopia 1973, Assefa Gebrekidan lives and Works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His sculptural installations are grounded in graphic composition and drawing from life. Gebrekidan trained in sculpture at the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design, where he was introduced to Russian constructivist sculpture. Ethiopia had political links with Russia in the late 20th century. After graduating in 1996, for several years he taught art in the Mekele Fina Art School in the north of the country. In this period he made large temporary sculptures in unfired clay which he arranged and photographed against the sky, before destroying them. Returning to Addis Ababa, he experimented with Works incorporating found materials and light in darkened spaces. His solo exhibition ‘Light and Dark’, took place at Zoma Contemporary Art Centre, Addis Ababa in 2003. In 2004 he exhibited in the Dak’Art Biennial, Dakar, Senegal and Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France and made his first international solo exhibition ‘A Glimmer of Hope’at Camden Arts Centre, 2005.