1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London 2022: Atong Atem, Dawit Adnew and Yasmeen Abdullah

Somerset House, 12 - 17 October 2022 
Booth E05

Addis Fine Art will return to 1-54 London with a group show by  Atong Atem, Dawit Adnew and Yasmeen Abdullah.  


Atong Atem is an Ethiopian born, South Sudanese artist living  in Melbourne. Atem works primarily with photography and  video to explore contemporary identity through portraiture and  in particular the fluidity of migrant narratives and postcolonial  practices in the African diaspora. 


Atem explores concepts of home and identity through a critical  and sentimental lens and references the works of photographers  Malick Sidibe and Seydou Keita as well as science fiction writers  such as Octavia Butler as her aides in navigating these liminal  spaces. 


Dawit Adnew is based in Addis Ababa and attended the Alle  School of Fine Art and Design in Addis Ababa. Occasionally  working from images or models, Dawit’s process is highly  experimental. His practice is informed by studies in masks and  iconography, and his use of patterns and fabric emerges from his  experience as a textile designer. Surrounded by blooming flowers  and creeping foliage, the women depicted in his canvases seem  to communicate wordlessly with one another, drawing the viewer  into their silent dialogue.  


Inspired by the works of Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish,  Yasmeen Abdullah aims to explore the emotional links between  poetry and painting. Her use of vivid colour and the presence of  nondescript humanlike figures in the foreground adds a certain  otherworldliness to the otherwise quotidian backdrops of her  paintings.