Ethiopia | Olafur Eliasson exhibition in Addis Ababa
Introduction by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit
From February 27 to April 15, 2015 the Modern Art Museum: Gebre Kristos Desta Center at Addis Ababa University features a new exhibition of renowned Danish-Icelandic visual artist Olafur Eliasson. The exhibition, entitled Time-sensitive activity, presents both newly-realised works, including some specifically developed in Ethiopia, and older realization by Eliasson.
Cover image: Yellow corridor, 1997, Modern Art Museum, Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Ababa, 2015. Photo: Michael Tsegaye.
top: The complete sphere lamp, 2015, Modern Art Museum, Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Ababa, 2015, Photo: Michael Tsegaye.
bottom: Life of a planet, 2015, Photo: Jens Ziehe, 2015
Eliasson has since long time been engaged with Ethiopia, where in 2012 he held a seminal two-weeks workshop and today teaches at the Alle School of Fine Art and Design.
The exhibition is organized by Modern Art Museum of Addis Ababa together with the Goethe-Institut.
Thanks to Studio Olafur Eliasson, we can report here his vision about Time-sensitive activity
Exhibition presentation by Studio Olafur Eliasson
በጊዜ ላይ ጊዜ (Time-sensitive activity) offers an insightful glimpse into the physicality of Eliasson’s artworks and their incredible ability to transcend conventional perceptions. Through a simple query of what it means to be a subject in a specific context, Eliasson challenges visitors to the exhibition to be perceptive of things they usually take for granted. Eliasson presents visitors with artistic concepts and practices that emphasise the centrality of creativity, poise agency in the creation of images, and are reflective and constitutive of the visitors’ environment.
The exhibition came about through Olafur Eliasson’s long-term engagement with Ethiopia and, in particular, the city of Addis Ababa, a relationship that has intensified over the last decade.
In 2012, Eliasson relocated his Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments), an experimental platform for arts education (2009–14) affiliated with the Berlin University of the Arts, to Addis Ababa for an intense programme of artistic exchange and educational collaboration. Hosted by the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design at Addis Ababa University, the ten-week residency culminated in a three-day marathon of art events at Jan Meda Park. Eliasson continues to cultivate ties with Ethiopia through his activity as adjunct professor at the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design and through large-scale projects in public space.
February 27 to April 15, 2015
Modern Art Museum: Gebre Kristos Desta Center
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Crystal nebula, 2015, Modern Art Museum, Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Ababa, 2015, Photo: Michael Tsegaye.
All images courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson.
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