“Future Makers” a theme explored through the eyes of artists, is a photography exhibit at the National Museum, on display from Tuesday October 18, 2012 until the 25th of October. The exhibition features the work of six well known photographers from Kosovo, Angola, Ethiopia and Germany.
Translating an abstract concept into images was the challenge given to the photographers during the “What is a future maker?” workshop organized by the German development organization GIZ, at the end of 2011. The results of the challenge were displayed at the recently opened exhibition. The artists spent a week in Addis Ababa developing their take on the theme.
“The workshop was quite a challenge for the photographers. In a few short days, they had to capture the abstract concept of “future-makers” and create an exhibition summarizing the key thematic and artistic issues,” said Lieselore Cyrus, German Ambassador to Ethiopia.
The work produced by artists from different countries and backgrounds, showed how differently they interpreted the theme. “The results of the workshop are superbly done, colorful, and truly interesting in their variety. The artists take us to manifold places in Addis,” said the Ambassador.
The photographs feature construction sites, students in a classroom, and the colorful maze of Merkato. “Since the 1940’s, the National Museum of Ethiopia has engaged in conversation, documentation, exhibition and research activities. Our museum tries to give an overview of the cultural richness and variety of the people of Ethiopia. One of the responsibilities of our museum is to create a venue for talented artists, like these photographers, to share their ideas with the public, especially with the youth,” stated Mamitu Yilma, Director of the National Museum of Ethiopia.
The exhibition is currently on display in Berlin, where it will remain for one year, it will later move to the LVR-Landes museum in Bonn, Germany and then to Angola.