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As part of its 50 year anniversary celebration Goethe displayed 40 works of art from 20 nations that used everyday materials to make people think about the earth.
“It is very exciting to be able to bring this art to Africa and Ethiopia, I hope people will enjoy it and at the same time learn something from it,” said Adrienne Goehler.
Plastic bags, which take a long time to decompose, were creatively arranged to demonstrate why Mother Terresa is said to have once commented that eliminating plastic bags would be one of the most beneficial things for the planet.
Photographs of people in Merkato area recycling plastic items also hit the message home.
Since its Berlin premier in 2010, it has been touring internationally. Despite its global tour, local artists, including Mulugeta Gebrekidan, Tesfahun Kibru and Helen Zeru, figure greatly.
The day after the official opening a guided tour was organized with Adrienne Goehler for people who want more deeply understand the art. There will also be a series of films and lectures about environmental sustainability and other social issues.
The exhibition was organized jointly by the Goethe Institute and the Heinrich Boell Foundation in cooperation with the German Federal Cultural Foundation and support from the German Embassy. The exhibition will stay open until May 24, 2012.
The theme of the display is: Examples to follow-Expeditions in aesthetics and sustainability. It opened on Thursday May 3rd 2012 at the Goethe Institute and the Gebre Kristos Desta Center. The German ambassador to Ethiopia Lieselore Cyrus, Director of the Goethe Institute Elka Kaschl Mohni and curator of the exhibition Adrienne Goehler attended the opening.