Addis Fine Art is pleased to invite you to an enlightening talk with Michael Tsegaye, where he will discuss his practice, and the work in his current exhibition, Ankober.
Shot in the Ethiopian highlands, Michael’s Ankober is a series of black and white photographs that portray the fog-enveloped town that was once Emperor Menelik’s capital. Even though Ankober now appears to be no more than a humble rural outpost, the dense fog and diffused light that enshrouds and obscures Michael’s subjects (lowly goats and donkeys, the ghostlike figures of villagers) seemingly raises them to a mythological and archetypal status. Through the haze (which conceals much of the setting) readily recognisable motifs of the Ethiopian highlands—swaying eucalyptus trees, a woman wearing an embroidered gabbi—peek through. Ankober is as much about the unseen as it is the seen, as competing shades of gray outline both the readily visible and the barely perceptible, resulting in a gradient that wistfully creates a sense of depth.
Venue: Addis Fine Art Gallery, 3rd Floor, Red Building, Behind Mafi City Mall , Bole Medhane Alem Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date: Friday 9th of December, 6 – 8pm