Bindi The Sixth Sense

Alliance Ethio-Française is an institution quite well known for championing, promoting and holding artistic and cultural events in Addis Ababa throughout the year. Bindi, an exhibition that opened on Tuesday, March 12 is a very good example of that fact.
The exhibition refers to an Indian forehead imprint placed close to the eyebrows; a place where it is said lays a concealed wisdom, “the sixth chakra”. Bindi, also known as Putto, is a Sanskrit word meaning a drop or a dot. Its origin is from the Hindu faith, but these days it is also worn by some Muslim societies and is generally becoming a matter of fashion, although its traditional values and meanings hold true in conservative areas. It is a decoration painted on the forehead and displayed proudly, predominantly in South and South East Asia, particularly in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and on the island of Mauritius, to cite a few places. Traditionally, it is a bright dot of red color applied in the center of the forehead, but it can also consist of a sign or a piece of jewelry. 
The exhibition, which is presented by an Ethiopian-based artist Kaumudi Bishnoi, celebrates the unique and often forgotten Bindis. The works of Kaumudi looks at the human being as more than the definition of anatomical perfection, rather as a distinctive balance between the different attributes that are common to all human beings.
This exhibition explains the fact that a human being is neither black nor white or other;  but rather the process of having mixed two colors and getting a third.
The exhibition is very interesting as it explores an idea foreign to most of us; an introduction to a culture unknown to many.