In Ethiopia, the annual “Addis Calling” exhibition is presented to Tadias magazine

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This year, Addis Fine Art is proud to present the following artists: Eyasu Telayneh, Kerima Ahmed, Micheal Hailu, Wendimagegn Demeke, Yasmeen Abdullah and Michal Mamit Worke. (Courtesy Photo: Addis Calling IV Group Show, Addis Fine Art, Addis Ababa, viewable until December 25, 2021)

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Addis Fine Art

Addis Fine Art is proud to present Addis Calling IV, our regular group exhibition showcasing new works from a selection of exciting talents across Addis Ababa and the Horn of Africa. This year, Addis Fine Art is proud to present the following artists: Eyasu Telayneh, Kerima Ahmed, Micheal Hailu, Wendimagegn Demeke, Yasmeen Abdullah and Michal Mamit Worke.


(Courtesy of Addis Fine Art)


(Courtesy of Addis Fine Art)


(Courtesy of Addis Fine Art)

Featured artists

Eyasu Telayneh’s paintings are scenes in the mysterious privacy of colors, breaking the rhythm of everyday life and offering a fresh new vision. He uses rapid cognition to absorb visual elements in his daily life, these observations serving as entry points to his artistic practice. Telayneh is the winner of the Emerging Painters Invitational 2020 award. His works have been exhibited at the Alliance Ethio-Française, the Barnard Gallery in Capetown and the Circle Gallery in Nairobi. He works as a full-time artist in his studio on the Entoto mountain.

Michael Hailu’s works question the necessity of war in reaction to the recent conflict in Ethiopia. He asks the motivation for violence, whether war can be justified and whether the instinct for violence is natural or by social conditioning. Michael is currently studying art education at the Ale School of Fine Art at the University of Addis Ababa. His works have been exhibited at the Gebre Kristos Desta Center Modern Art Museum and other galleries in Addis Ababa.

Wendimagegn Demeke’s paintings use humor and absurdity to invite viewers to deal with the complex interrelationships between technology, data privacy, capitalism, conflict and power. Wendimagegn Demeke’s works have been exhibited at the National Museum of Ethiopia, Alliance Ethio-Française, Pop up artists East African Shanghai and Arkane Afrika Artcop22, in Morocco. He studied fine arts at Entoto TVET College. He works as a studio artist, illustrator and teacher.

Symbolism and dreamlike landscapes are hallmarks of idiosyncratic paintings by emerging Sudanese artist Yasmeen Abdullah (1992). The characters in his paintings have a deep sense of interiority that emanates from their person and shapes the settings in which they reside. Inspired by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, Abdullah sees his paintings as a visualization of his sensitive verses. Taking poetry in brush, Abdullah’s works are rich in comparisons and symbols – a warm ray of light rises up as a pictorial metaphor for hope, and ideas take the form of darting fish. The profound effect is a multi-layered world of images and meaning, which begs the viewer to look beneath the surface.

Kerima is a full-time studio artist based in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from the School of Fine Arts and Design in Painting at the University of Addis Ababa. His work celebrates Ethiopian culture, drawing inspiration from the traditions of Ethiopian painting. His works have been exhibited in a solo exhibition at the C Art Gallery, as well as a group exhibition in Seattle. In 2013 and 2014, Kerima’s work was shown at the Ethnic Gallery in the Municipal Tower, the Columbia City Art Gallery, and the Tobya Art Gallery in Seattle.

Michal Mamit Worke, winner of the Lauren & Mitchell Presser Contemporary Art Grant 2020, is a figurative painter. Born in Ethiopia in 1982, she immigrated to Israel as part of “Operation Moses” in 1984 and currently works and lives in Tel Aviv. Worke explores scenes and characters from everyday life. Worke explores the act of painting, seeks to decipher the gaze and questions the power relations at play. Worke studied at the Shenkar College of Art and has appeared in various group and individual exhibitions across Israel at the Herzliya Museum and the Eretz Israel Museum .

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