Last Thursday Future-makers, an exhibition with works of six photographers from Kosovo, Angola, Ethiopia and Germany, opened at the National Museum Gallery in Addis Ababa. Edson Chagas (Angola), Jetmir Idrizi (Kosovo), Mulugeta Gebrekidan (Ethiopia), Leikun Nahusenay (Ethiopia), Andy Spyra (Germany) and Michael Tsegaye (Ethiopia) displayed selected works at one of the largest photo-exhibitions in Addis this year.
The exhibition is the culmination of a one-week workshop organized by the German Development Corporation (GIZ) in Addis Ababa late 2011. The theme for the workshop was Future-makers, and the photographers had a week to transfer their personal ideas and perspectives of the theme into photographs within the urban environment of Addis Ababa.
Coming from different countries and backgrounds, the photographers naturally present a variety of takes on the theme. While some photos reveal socio-economic and development perspectives, others take us into more intimate and private spheres, and yet others introduce purely aesthetic and artistic approaches to the theme. Each photo presents the individual artists abstractions and concepts of what characterizes Future Makers. In the end, the exhibition was divided into themes of: vision, learning, movement, living, markets, construction, water, spirituality, dreams, chance and looking back.
The gallery below presents a selection of works by the three participating Ethiopian photographers: Mulugeta Gebrekidan, Michael Tsegaye and Leikun Nahusenay. Furthermore, Addis Ababans have the opportunity to see the full exhibition at the National Museum Gallery around Amist Kilo until Thursday, October 25.
In addition to the National Museum in Addis Ababa, the exhibition is currently on display at the GIZ representation in Berlin for one year, and it will later be shown at the LVR-Landesmuseum in Bonn and in Angola.