Ezra Wube – curator

Ezra Wube (b. 1980, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia),
received his BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and an MFA from
Hunter College, New York, NY. Based in Brooklyn, NY his works encompassing video, installations, drawing, painting and performance.
Ezra’s work references to shifting time and place.

3rd Addis Video Art Festival (26 December 2019 – 1 January 2020)

http:// a d d i s v i d e o a r t f e s t i v a l .n e t/

Addis Video Art Festival intends to provide a platform for innovative video art in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The festival will screen throughout the city in a variety of locations including street corners, rooftops, public centers and art centers. By sharing video art in both conventional and non-conventional settings, the festival will reach both the artist community and the everyday passerby. The festival aims to create a dialogue between local, and international artists by encourag-ing digital media culture.

Initiated by Ezra Wube and his team Betelhem Mekonin (Artist . Ethiopia / U.S.A.), Celeste Ricci (Curator . Italy), Chiara Cartuccia (curator/ Artist . Italy), Dagrun adalsteinsdottir (Artist/ Curator . Iceland), Kibrom Gbremedhin (Artist/ Educator . Ethiopia / U.S.A.), Mihiret kebede (Artist / Curator . Ethiopia), Robel Temesgen (Artist . Ethiopia), Portia Malatjie (Curator . South Africa) and William Corwin (Artist/ Curator . U.S.A.)

Ezra Wube (Ethiopia)
1st Addis Videoart Festival 2015

Grounded in Movement – videoart from Ethiopia
According to Einstein’s unifying law, a continuos transformational cycle between mass and energy must occur for anything to exist.
Addis Ababa is in the midst of massive transformation. It is expanding drastically with over a quarter of its current residents relocating to newly built neighborhoods. As old communities are disappearing new ones are forming. Echoing the current state of the city, these videos examine the paradoxical unity of movement in energy and its relationship to stillness.
How does one negotiate these shifts? What is the axis of time in the frame of the past and the present? How does one cope with the familiar and the unfamiliar? How does one endure a consistent belonging while everything around it is in transition?

The artists

Berhanu Ashagrie – “The-City-is-The-People” 7:21 min., 2013
Betelhem Makonnen – (w)here is here, 2014, 02:35
Helen Zeru – Inside Out, 2014, 4:17
Helina Metaferia – The Newest Flower, 07:48, 2015
Maranata Tegegne – My Backyard, 2011, 1:00
Martha Haile and Noregard – You can’t eat money, 2014, 10:05
Miriam Haile, Tigrinya Wealth – 2015, 09:38
Mulugeta Gebrekidan – Inside Out, 2013, 2:58
Naod Lemma – 360 Birtukanoch/ 360 Oranges, 2015, 14:57
Robel Temesgen – Semone Himamat/ Holy Week, 2015, 2:01
Yacob Bizuneh – Circle and Hollow, 2013, 3:19