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Fana Wogi, an art competition that was launched back in 2011, is now preparing another competition and exhibition for the third year in a row. The competition that is open for all Ethiopian contemporary artists under the age of 35, has gained increasing popularity in the country’s art scene, and is one of the most anticipated events of the year. It is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting (DFA).
The competition includes different forms of art such as drawing, installation, painting, photography, sculpture and video.
This year’s competition has seven finalists:  Kirubel Melke is competing in quilting, Meklit Mersha and Capital’s Photographer and 2012 Foreign Correspondents Association (FCA) award winner Mulugeta Ayene in photography, Robel Temesgen in video art, Yared Olevelli in video installation, Yonas Hailu in digital art with graphics and Firew Kebede in industry sound video. The winner of the competition will be announced at the exhibition after the artists have displayed their works.
Works presented in last year’s competition were quite impressive and well done. Artists explored environmental issues and created unique art works using unusual materials. Intriguing sculptures made out of plastic water bottles captured a lot of people’s eyes. These plastic sculptures made artist Tewodros Bekele the star of the competition, earning him the coveted 1st place. Other works by Muluken Dessalegn and Hirut Gizaw were also well received at the 2012 competition.
As last year’s Fana Wogi competition and exhibition was acclaimed by the public and caused considerable awe and amazement, we can only expect this year’s competition to be better than ever. Artists participating in the competition have already made names for themselves doing what comes naturally for them and it shouldn’t be a surprise if they manage to satisfy your thirst for pure compelling art.
Fana Wogi was launched by the Goethe Institute and the Modern Art Museum / Gebre Kristos Desta Center as a platform to promote emerging artists with initiative and unique approaches. This year’s exhibition will open on September 19th at the Goethe Institute. Mark your calendar and get ready for show.