Over the last few weeks Judith Wielander, co-curator of visible, was invited to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by The Skunder Boghossian College of Performing and Visual Arts of the Addis Ababa University – which comprises of the School of Music, the School of Theater Arts and the School of Fine Arts and Design, to present the visible project. Established in 1957, the School of Fine Arts and Design, until the socialist revolution of 1974, was one of the leading institutes of African Modernism, along with the University of Khartoum in Sudan and the Makerere University in Uganda. The School has produced many internationally acclaimed Ethiopian artists, like Skunder Boghossian who had played an important role in the anti colonial and independence struggles of the African Continent through the visual arts.
Since 2009 Nesta regularly organises a one-month Art Festival at Netsa Art Village that includes exhibitions, concerts, debates and poetry evenings in collaboration with different organisations and cultural institutions in Addis. Further more the artists are organizing, over the whole year, workshops with public schools in the neighborhood in order to implement their educational program with creative practices.
The Townhouse Gallery, Kuona Trust Triangle Arts, and the Insaka Art Trust Zambia were Netsa recent partners in the organization of several capacity building workshops contributing to the reinforcement of this singular artist run Ethiopian initiative.
During my stay, two young Ethiopian artsist, Aida Muluneh and Mulugeta Kassa, presented their recent art works. Asni Gallery hosts, for short periods, international artists through a residency program and engages in educational and community based art projects that address and involve the nearby neighborhoods.
Following the positive feedback that the visible project got at the Addis Ababa University, there will be a further involvement of Judith Wielander in the ongoing Master in Theatre and Development, in order to establish a more regular exchange between visible and the College of Performing and Visual Arts.
We’re also happy to announce that later this May visible will also be presented in South Africa, with an event at the Center for Historical Reenactments of Johannesburg, organized by the co-curator of visible, Matteo Lucchetti, in collaboration with Gabi Ncobo, curatorial advisor for the 2012 visible award and director of the Center.