A short talk given at FUTURE MEMORIES Conference, Addis Ababa, 18 September 2014.
In her speech Mihret Kebede together with Artist Robel Temesgen introduced the “Wax and Gold” project funded by the Prince Claus Fund in 2013 about the freedom of expression and censorship, which took place in different parts of the city in Addis Ababa and at Nesta Art Village, Addis Ababa, founded in 2008 by 11 local artists, including Mihret. See also http://www.netsaartvillage.org.
Her project “Slow Marathon”––a work-in-progress since 2012 with events to date hosted in Addis Ababa, Aberdeen, Amsterdam and elsewhere with more than 500 participants from all over the world––is based on the exchange of shoe laces, donations of miles and time. It addresses a critical look at the running industry and movement constraints in our world in testing the existing map, the geographical and ideal distances between countries and people.
Mihret Kebede, artist, founding director of the Netsa Art Village artist collective in Addis Ababa. She has received several residency grants, notably from the Thami Mnyele Foundation (2012) and Deveron Arts, Huntly, Scotland (2012). Recent projects include “Slow Marathon” at Walk Sans Frontières Symposium (2012) on art, walking and boundaries as well as a performance art project for the Prince Claus Fund annual awards ceremony in Amsterdam (2012). She was co-organizer of the “Wax and Gold” workshop and exhibition, Addis Abeba (2013). A founding member of Tobiya Poetic Jazz Group, Mihret’s poetry readings feature on the DVD Tobiya Poetry & Jazz Vol. 1.
FUTURE MEMORIES Conference and online publication is an initiative of the Institute for International Cultural Relations (ifa, Stuttgart/Berlin) in partnership with the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa University. With the kind support of the German Federal Foreign Office.
Die Konferenz und Online-Publikation FUTURE MEMORIES sind eine Initiative des Instituts für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa, Stuttgart/Berlin) in Kooperation mit der Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Universität Addis Abeba. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Auswärtigen Amts der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
La conférence et la publication en ligne FUTURE MEMORIES sont issues d’une initiative de l’Institut pour les Relations Culturelles Internationales (ifa, Stuttgart/Berlin) en collaboration avec l'Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Université d’Addis Ababa. Avec l'aimable soutien du Ministère des Affaires étrangère de la République fédérale de l’Allemagne.