Moving Shadows: Girma Berta
In celebration of a new book by Ekow Eshun titled Africa State of Mind, we are pleased to announce Moving Shadows, an online exhibition by Ethiopian photographer Girma Berta, who is featured in the new book.
Africa State of Mind gathers together the work of an emergent generation of photographers from across Africa, including both the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. It is both a summation of new photographic practice from the last decade and an exploration of how contemporary photographers from the continent are exploring ideas of 'Africanness' to reveal Africa to be a psychological space as much as a physical territory - a state of mind as much as a geographical place.
Girma Berta is an award winning young artist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Born in 1990, 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.
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