Identity, change and people – these are the key elements of Against Gravity. The exhibition which runs until the 15th of November at the Goethe-Institut showcases works by eight emerging Ethiopian photographers: Abdi Bekele, Addis Aemero, Bemnet Fekadu, Brook Getachew, Firehiwot Gebrealu, Meseret Argaw, Obsa Zerihun and Solomon Nigus. The exhibited images discuss and question the past, present and future of Addis Ababa and Ethiopia in general, they are presented through installations, videos and frames. Visitors can get a publication, Against Gravity, a catalogue as well as postcards in English and Amharic on the spot.
The exhibition is an output of a mentorship program organized by CPE (Center for Photography in Ethiopia). Michael Tsegaye, a well-known Ethiopian photographer based in Addis Ababa, lead and supported the participants to explore themes like identity, urban spaces, urban change, tradition and movement through different documentary and conceptual approaches involving self portraits, street sceneries, interiors, cityscapes etc. CPE was founded by Maheder Haileselassie with support of the Goethe-Institut as part of Creative Futures – a two-year program to support the creative industries in Ethiopia, jointly organized by British Council, Goethe-Institut and iceaddis, funded by the European Commission
In collaboration with CPE (Center for Photography in Ethiopia) as part of Creative Futures.