Literally translated as ‘’the footpath’’, the phrase ‘’እግረ መንገድ’’ refers to chance encounters or unplanned arrangements resulting from thoughts or opportunities that coincidentally present themselves as one goes about their daily life.
The ‘’እግረ መንገድ’’ exhibition features 17 paintings completed by Engdaget Legesse Amede, the German based Ethiopian visual artist with over 30 years of experience.
Featuring the artist’s unique technique of interweaving shards of canvas into intersecting, and sometimes bulging compositions of multicolour strips, the artworks try to highlight the spirits of intricacy and movement associated with ‘’እግረ መንገድ’’.
About the Artist:
Engdaget Legesse Amede was born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia in 1971. After completing his higher education with distinction at Alle School of Fine Arts and Design in 1993, he would go on to build on his experiences studying under the Mural Art Department at Alle to embark on his eminent artistic journey.
For the ten years following his graduation, Engdaget Legesse Amede would explore his craft and present his work in Ethiopia as well as Italy, England, America and Germany. In 2003, he had the opportunity to receive a scholarship from DAAD to study and explore his craft even further. Ultimately, in 2004, he officially settled in Berlin, started a family and continued on with his artistic journey.
Engdaget Legesse Amede is currently an active member of the Ethiopian, German and Global creative scene. Following his decade’s worth of experience working as an artist participating in a range of solo and cooperative creative projects/programmes across the globe, he to this day uses his evolving craft to present his interpretation of the world and find answers to abstract questions related with reality and illusion.