Posts tagged ‘Ethiopia’
Painting & engraving exhibition by Ermias Ekube
Opening: February 5, 2013 at 6.30 pm
Venue: Alliance Ground Floor Gallery
Exhibition Dates: Until February 25, 2013
In breath of consciousness II, Ermias Ekube presents a series of paintings and engravings that mainly focus on women and children.
Ermias Ekube powerful portraits are really striking. His topics, weather painted or engraved, are dynamic and filled with emotion.
Ermias Ekube is a respected artist born and brought up in Ethiopia with Eritrean Nationality. Ekube is a painter, engraver, sculptor and poet. He has studies four years at Addis Ababa college of Fine Arts and Design [DFA in 1990].
Since 1991 he participated in several group exhibitions and exhibited about 20 solo exhibitions in Eriteria, Ethiopia, Djiibuti, Tanzania, Swaziland, Norway, England, Denmark and Italia.
Ermias is now living in Nairobi and currently working on his art at the Kuona Trust.
Festival Dates: December 9 -16, 2012
Events Line Up: Public Lectures, Writers in conversation, Readings, Performances, Art Exhibitions, Film Screenings
Venues: various venues – Kifaru Gardens, Kwani? Garden, National Museum,
University of Nairobi, Goethe Institut, Kuona Trust, Habesha, Kibera, KICC Helipad, Eastleigh, South B [map below]
Update: All the events scheduled to take place at University of Nairobi have been moved to the National Museum
Focus: Stories of the Horn of Africa with participating Countries – Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan & Kenya
Some of the writers confirmed for the festival are: Hadraawi – Somalia, Warsan Shire – Somalia, Sayadin Hersi – Somalia, Awes Osman – Somalia, Said Juma Hussein – Somalia, Chehem Watta – Djibouti, Meaza Worku – Ethiopia, Jamal Mahjoub – Sudan, Alemseged Tesfai – Eritrea, Nawal El Saadawi – Egypt, Kojo Laing – Ghana, Helon Habila – Nigeria, Deqa Abshir – Somalia/Kenya, Fawaz El Said – Sudan, Yassir Ali – Sudan, Altayeb Daw Elbeit – Sudan, Ermais Ekube – Ethiopia
A Snap Shot of the Programme
Date: December 9, 2012
Venue: Kifaru Gardens
Time: 2-10 pm
Music by: Waayaha Cusub and Kato& Band
DJ Set by: DJ Zelalem
Date: December 10, 2012
Venue: Goethe-Institut Nairobi, Monrovia Street
Time: 2.30 – 8 pm
Date: December 11, 2012
University of Nairobi National Museum
Time: 2– 7 pm
Date: December 12, 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30-8 pm
Date: December 13, 2012
Venues: Hotel Intercontinental,
Taifa Hall (University of Nairobi) & Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30– 7.30 pm
Date: December 14, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & Kuona Trust
Date: December 15, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & KICC Helipad
Entry: Free (National Museum)
Entry: Ksh 1,000 (KICC Helipad)
The Kwani? Literary Festival is organised by Kwani Trust on a biennial basis where the literary leaders of Kenya, enriched with visiting writers from around the world, turn their attention to one salient subject and explore it through the lenses of the continent’s past, present and emerging literatures. In 2012, the Litfest will focus on several geopolitical trends and shifts in Kenya’s immediate north to host literary conversations with the Horn of Africa.
It thus aims to act as a platform where the story of the Horn of Africa can be told, to an extent, not taking the political crisis narrative as the only story that exists.
Additionally, the pan-African exchange programme of Goethe-Institut Moving Africa will bring a further eight African writers to Nairobi.
Born in Addis Ababa in 1985 and specialized in traditional print making, Ephrem graduated from Entoto Art school in 2009.
Common to the various types of work he engages in, is a deep commitment to the traditions of descriptive painting. He likes to focus on subject matter that defines our time: our living conditions and the cultural environment that surrounds him.
The first group of work in this exhibition includes religious themes or stories from the Bible or from the *Kebre* *Negist*, an addendum to the Bible used in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
The second group is made of woodcut depicting chairs which are put together as if they were interacting socially and conveying a social and political meaning. There are two readings one of peacefulness and the other a reflection on absolute power. Chairs to sit on and chairs to reign from.
In a world where newness has become a value in and for itself, we are moved by these works that provide alternative readings and provoke questions on representation, history and memory. Ultimately, they go back to a very strong tradition while embodying something that is currently relevant.