Ethiopian Gallerist Mesai Haileleul on the Rise of Contemporary African

Ethical Fashion Podcast - Episode 18
May 13, 2021

We are pleased to share that Mesai Haileleul appeared on episode 18 of the Ethical Fashion Podcast, interviewed by Ayodeji Rotinwa.


Mesai runs our Addis Ababa gallery and is also a self-taught art historian. Mesai opened the first gallery representing Ethiopian artists in Los Angeles in the 1990s and now, with Rakeb Sile, co-runs Addis Fine Art.


This is a podcast about how the African contemporary art market is booming internationally, and what’s driving that interest. But it’s also about the importance and opportunities of focusing on home. Full of fascinating insights on everything from the history of the art scene in Addis Ababa, to the challenges of building arts infrastructure when building roads and schools takes priority, ultimately this is a conversation about the business of culture and how to support it.