Head over to City Hall and see 45 paintings by 10 Ethiopian artists through March 4. The artists, some professionally trained and some self-taught, hail from Seattle; Washington, D.C.; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In Ethiopian Art: Tradition, Assimilation and Change, a wide range of painting styles, both traditional and contemporary, highlight Ethiopian art, artists and its visual culture. An artist reception will be 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 at City Hall.
The exhibition reflects the dynamics of current Ethiopian artistic movements both in the country and among the diaspora. The show also also presents current artistic philosophies among individual artists and groups. Unlike the traditionally known and religiously themed Ethiopian style, this body of work deals with personal, social, historical and psychological subject matters.
Artists included in the exhibition are: Admassu Addisu, Kerima Ahmed, Atakilt Assefa, Nebeyou Assefa, Seyoum Ayalew, Getachew Brihanu, Meseret Desta, Mekibib Gebretasadik, Fasika Moges, and Melaku Tesfaye.
Images: Untitled (Detail), Melaku Tesfaye, acrylic on canvas; Untitled, Seyoum Ayalew, acrylic on canvas.