Ankober : Solo Exhibition by Michael Tsegaye

19 November 2016 - 21 January 2017 Addis Ababa

Addis Fine Art gallery is pleased to present Ankober, a solo exhibition of works by photographer, Michael Tsegaye (b.1975). 


Shot in the Ethiopian highlands, Michael’s Ankober is a series of black and white photographs that portray the fog-enveloped town that was once Emperor Menelik’s capital. Even though Ankober now appears to be no more than a humble rural outpost, the dense fog and diffused light that enshrouds and obscures Michael’s subjects (lowly goats and donkeys, the ghostlike figures of villagers) seemingly raises them to a mythological and archetypal status. Through the haze (which conceals much of the setting) readily recognisable motifs of the Ethiopian highlands—swaying eucalyptus trees, a woman wearing an embroidered gabbi—peek through. Ankober is as much about the unseen as it is the seen, as competing shades of gray outline both the readily visible and the barely perceptible, resulting in a gradient that wistfully creates a sense of depth. 


Michael Tsegaye is a fine art photographer, who has worked extensively in Ethiopia with a focus on detailing the nations story.  Exquisite landscape photography, specifically seen in Tsegaye's Afar (2010) and Ankober (2006) Series where images burst with textures and spirt of the the East African Nation.  His expiration of alternative and intimate stories of Ethiopia is represented in Chasms of the Soul: A Silent Witness Series (2010), where Tsegaye explores the impermanent nature of seemingly permanent structures.


Michael Tsegaye has regularly worked for international publications such as Der Spiegel, Jeune Afrique, and enorm; as well as the press agencies Bloomberg and Reuters. As an artist, he focuses on social documentary and art photography. He has exhibited in various galleries in New York, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Morocco, Canada, Amsterdam, Mali, Miami, and Sao Paulo. Michael’s work can be found in a number of international magazines and various catalogues including Snap Judgments: New Directions in African Photography, edited by Okwui Enwezor, and published by the International Centre for Photography in New York City in 2007. 



About Addis Fine Art

Founded by Mesai Haileleul and Rakeb Sile, the Addis Fine Art gallery addresses the limited number of international art enterprises in Ethiopia, as the country experiences resurgence in artistic expression and appreciation. The partners bring a high level of expertise to this establishment. With over 20 years of local and international experience between them, the new gallery is well positioned to promote the work of an impressive roster of artists both in Ethiopia and abroad. Located in the heart of Addis Ababa, Addis Fine Art will be a hub for an innovative arts programming, including exhibitions, lectures, and events showcasing modern and contemporary artists from Ethiopia and the Diaspora.


Visitor information

3rd Floor Red Building

Behind Mafi City Mall

Bole Medhane Alem

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: +251 913 426553


Gallery Hours

Tuesday – Saturday 10am - 6pm

Admission: Free