[...] Rakeb Sile, director of Addis Fine Art, reported interest from new collectors and a couple of institutions in work by Ermias Kifleyesus and Tesfaye Urgessa through the OVR. But she stressed that it was the year-round programming and connections with other galleries that most interested her about the initiative.
Indeed, the market event is part of the wider ambition of South South. The sales platform launched concurrently with a year-round resource hub, which will promote participating gallery programs as well as provide an archive of art-historical research and profiles of artists from the Global South. Its programming includes talks and events exploring alternative art centers, and addressing topical issues including decolonization, restitution, and the movement for racial justice. [...]