Art Dubai fair opens—in real life—with 'pay nothing up front' plan for galleries

Anna Brady, The Art Newspaper, March 29, 2021

[...] The London and Addis Ababa gallery Addis Fine Art is also participating in person. “Our main gallery is in Addis Ababa, which is in close proximity to Dubai, so logistically we haven’t been hindered by UK travel restrictions and our co-founder Mesai has been able to attend the fair,” its co-founder Rakeb Sile says. “Trade hasn’t stopped between our nations and both countries have been vigilant with rapid testing, so we are happy that we have been able to continue with our plans.” This is the fourth time Addis Fine Art has participated at the fair and it is showing works by four artists from across Ethiopia and its diaspora—Tadesse Mesfin, Addis Gezehagn, Tsedaye Makonnen and Tizta Berhanu. A performance by the gallery’s newest artist, Washington DC-based Tsedaye Makonnen—one of several live art happenings planned for around the city—has, however, had to be cancelled. [...]

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