The trio creating ‘Portals’ across a tumultuous year

Gareth Harris , Financial Times, June 12, 2021

[...] Addis Fine Art, which has spaces in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and London, will show works by Tariku Shiferaw, Helina Metaferia and Tizta Berhanu under the title “100 Days of Introspection”. Metaferia’s collages stand out, drawing on the complexities of her Ethiopian-American heritage. “I tell overlooked stories that centre Black bodies in positions of power and vulnerability,” she says online.


The gallery’s curatorial concept is inspired by the two great social upheavals of our time: the pandemic — prompting a “crisis of intimacy due to lockdowns”, say gallery founders Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul — and the experience of black people in the US, which came to the fore following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. [...]

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