Addis Fine Art is pleased to announce our inaugural participation in Art Dubai, Contemporary 2018. As the very first gallery from Ethiopia to ever take part in Art Dubai, we are delighted to present works by two leading Ethiopian artists from opposite ends of the generational spectrum. Wosene Worke Kosrof (b.1950) and Girma Berta (b.1990) are two internationally renowned artists whose artistic practices are informed heavily by their experiences with Ethiopia.
Addis Fine Art will present an artist-led talk, “WordPlay: The Art of Wosene Worke Kosrof” as a part of Art Dubai’s VIP Program on Friday 23 March 2018 from 2:30-3:30 pm, where the artist will discuss his art practice and featured current series.
Wosene Worke Kosrof, (b. 1950) is an artist who has achieved international acclaim. Formally trained at the Addis Ababa School of Fine Arts, he completed a BFA with distinction in 1972. Then, as a Ford Foundation Talent Scholar, he was awarded an MFA in 1980 from Howard University in Washington, DC. Over the past four decades, Wosene (his professional name) has created an internationally recognised artistic signature by being the first Ethiopian-born artist to use the script forms – fiedel – of his native Amharic as a core element in his paintings and sculptures. Wosene has described his use of the script form as a way in which to “show the power of language, how words matter,” although not to be read literally, there is a story to be told within the abstracted letters scattered across the canvas. Museums with his works in their permanent collections include the National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa; Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (DC); The Newark Museum (NJ); Neuberger Museum (NY); Indianapolis Museum of Art (IN); Birmingham Museum of Art (AL); Fowler Museum of UCLA (CA); Samuel Harn Museum (FL); Krannert Art Museum, (IL): Fleming Museum (VT), the Völkerkunde Museum, Switzerland, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. His works are currently exhibited at the Keith Haring Museum of Japan, until April 15, 2018.
Girma Berta (b.1990) is an award winning young artist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Berta is a self-taught photographer whose work fuses street photography with fine art. In Berta's Moving Shadows series I and II, solitary figures are juxtaposed against vibrant backgrounds, creating truly unique artworks which exemplify the contrasting colours and personalities on the streets of his home town. Berta's use of digital media, to produce and present his artworks, is in itself a commentary on the digital revolution underway across Africa. He represents the vibrancy of the millennial African. Berta describes the motivation behind his work as a wish to capture "the beautiful, the ugly and all that is in between". His images delve deep into the soul of the city, offering his remarkable interpretation. Berta is the recipient of the Getty Images Instagram Award 2016 and CAP Prize 2017.