Six of the best experimental works by emerging artists at Frieze London

Ben Luke, The Art Newspaper, October 15, 2021

[...] Berhanu’s paintings are difficult to pin down. Born in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia but now based in Maryland, she evokes the rupture of her emigration to the US in compositions that hint at figurative presences, still-lifes and landscapes but never resolve into a clear singular narrative. There is a sense of the micro meeting the macro, with cellular forms abutting those resembling geologic maps. Occasional clear references to bodies and animals—feet, cows and horses—are set amid abstract forms. It is this rich ambiguity, an enigmatic dreaminess, that makes Berhanu’s work so absorbing. [...]




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