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Art Showing Creatives of Addis

The third annual Art of Ethiopia exhibition at the Sheraton Addis opened on Saturday, August 21, 2010, with 40 established and aspiring artists displaying 400 artworks, writes MIREILLE DE VILLIERS, SPECIAL TO FORTUNE.

By MIREILLE DE VILLIERS, SPECIAL TO FORTUNE.

Famous and aspiring artists alike joined each other in a combined exhibition of their work, showcasing 400 works between them in the third annual Art of Ethiopia exhibition held at the Sheraton Addis, which opened on Saturday, August 21, 2010, in the Lalibela Ballroom, which has been temporarily partitioned to display the paintings and sculptures. The hotel has been a patron of local art since its opening 12 years ago, according to Omar Carrera, executive assistant manager in charge of sales and marketing.“It is good for the image of the country to showcase its artistic talent,” Carrera said. “Ethiopians are known for being good athletes but they are very creative, too.” The walls of the hotel are adorned with paintings by local artists, resulting in the corridors themselves resembling an exhibition of Ethiopia’s finest.

The Sheraton has acquired art from its exhibition, which features only Ethiopian artists, in previous years and is looking to buy some more again, according to Carrera. The hotel, belonging to the Starwood Hotels and Resorts group, is double branded as both a business hotel and a member of the luxury collection in its mission and culture. Hotels that form part of this collection are all unique, resembling the area they are located in with local food and interior design inspired by the indigenous culture. Afewerk Tekle, the internationally renowned painter who has won many prizes for his esteemed work, is one of the 40 individuals showcasing their art. A lover of deep-sea diving, he goes to some trouble to explain his use of lines and colour in a painting depicting an underwater scene to try to capture the feeling of awe the experience evokes in him.

“Sometimes, artists would create abstract work and simply call it ‘Untitled’,” Afewerk told Fortune. “I believe you should take your audience with you. I only paint abstract work if I cannot express something realistically.” The 400 pieces on show include sculptures and paintings and are diverse in their themes, subjects, and styles. A committee comprising the senior management of the hotel was set up to select the artists from hundreds of interested senior and aspiring artists who submitted their names for selection last year, according to Carrera. In its first year, the exhibition featured eight artists, a number that grew to 30 in the next. This year, each artist contributed an average of 10 pieces each. Lulseged Retta contributed more than 10 artworks because some other participants could not meet their quota. One of them, a watercolour, features an abstract butterfly, inspired by the singer Aster Aweke, who reminds the artist of a butterfly when she is onstage.  “I am a freelance artist; I work when I want to,” Lulseged told Fortune. “I prefer working in acrylic paint. I understand it and it is good to work with.”

 

No stranger to big exhibitions, he has been on show in Geneva for the last two months. He has also been acting as a co-ordinator for the Sheraton exhibition.The hotel, the sole sponsor of the event, does not make money out of putting on the exhibition, according to Carrera. The artists exhibit work for free if they do not sell anything. If they sell some works, of which they determine the prices themselves, the hotel takes 10pc for the endowment fund it started last year to support the Addis Abeba University (AAU) School of Arts, Carrera said. Abdurahman Sherif teaches art education and print at the school. This year is the second time for the painter, who studied art in Berlin, to be part of the exhibition. His works on show include mostly new paintings, with the oldest one dating from 1999.

 

Originally from Harar, market scenes featuring long-robed women in narrow streets amidst sunshine and cityscapes, are recurring themes in his work. “Last year, the exhibition drew around 10,000 visitors,” said Carrera. “We expect even more this year due to an increased awareness campaign that we started earlier.” Both local people and expatriates visit the exhibition and buy art, according to Carrera. “There is not a buying public; sales depend on foreign buyers,” Abdurahman told Fortune. “It is slightly improving but art appreciation is lacking among Ethiopians.  “There used to be very few chances to exhibit your work because galleries for sale are limited and mix art with crafts. This is a big chance because real interest is rare.” Meron Ermias, a first-time participant, has been a professional studio painter for eight years.

“It is difficult to make a living doing only that,” she told Fortune. “I also design clothes and jewellery.” Meron is one of only seven female artists to be featured in the exhibition. “Being a woman artist is no more or less difficult than being a man,” she said. “I am so happy to be able to exhibit together with such renowned artists.” Like Meron, Afewerk is happy and honoured to be a part of the show. “I am often asked my opinion of other artists but I find that it does not help to tell it in public,” he said. “It only causes a sensation if I praise someone or results in accusations of jealousy if I criticise them. I prefer criticising and appreciating upcoming artists’ work with them in private.” Meron works mostly in oil paint but sometimes even uses glitter. Her themes are focussed around the different cultures in Ethiopia and depict people wearing different traditional costumes and participating in customary ceremonies, like brewing and serving coffee or playing musical instruments. Bitsuamlak Ashenafi, also a first-timer at the show, likewise uses oil paint but his themes are conceptual with literary and religious themes dominating his work. His paintings on show are centred on beauty, boldness, and bravery. “I have been a studio artist for six years,” Bitsuamlak told Fortune. “It was a struggle at first and I worked as an art teacher.” He decided to try to participate in the Sheraton’s exhibition because the “communication with other artists is good exposure,” he said.

Afewerk decided to include what he considers to be important studies, which are good for younger painters to see as examples, in the work he selected for display. “It would not be fair of me to overshadow the emerging artists,” he said, “I chose many of my less known works; nothing is more recent than 1993.” The exhibition forms part of the Sheraton’s community outreach projects that sees them working in the local community, said Carrera.

In recent years, global companies have become very involved in fulfilling their social responsibilities to the communities they operate in and it is relatively easy for a hotel to make a difference with little effort in the form of small projects, said the deputy director of operations in Africa and the Indian Ocean of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. In addition to charity drives, the Sheraton also supports the Heritage Fund and Checkout for Children, a programme in support of the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that offers hotel guests a dollar upon their checkout which they can keep or donate to the organisation. As far as art is concerned, the hotel only has the one event per year. “The exhibition takes a year to put together,” Carrera said. “It is only on show for four days because, in addition to the three days it takes to set up, it occupies the ballroom for a whole week, which is as much time as we have the ballroom free, ever.” “What is happening in the country’s art scene is interesting but the exhibition is too big, it is overwhelming” Abdurahman said.

Indeed, it is a lot to take in during one viewing, and one does not want to miss anything, seeing that the selection offers such a wide variety of styles. It is on show until Tuesday, August 24, from 10:00am to 10:00pm. All the artworks are for sale and admission is free.

Source: Fortune Newspaper

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