Tightrope open for viewing

Do you want to explore the current lifestyle of people and its historical development? Then you must check out “Tightrope”, an exhibition that opened yesterday, October 19th.
Using motherboards from different electronic devices as a metaphor, Elias Sime, the artist behind the exhibition, took seven years to research and collect the materials and create the artwork for “Tightrope”. Known for his meticulous and labor-intensive creations, Elias’ art is also intellectually engaging. His materials are always carefully selected to address his composition.
“When I first saw a motherboard, I thought of cities; the day-to-day hustle, the infrastructure, the streets, the conversations and warm interactions. Then I decided to collect as many motherboards as I could and use them. Another thing that fascinated me about motherboards is their historical development and their purpose. A book about these art pieces will be published soon,” the artist commented.
In 2011, samples of these art pieces were shown during the exhibition “Ants and Ceramicists” that opened in four European cultural institutes in Addis Ababa. This exhibition similarly opened at the Goethe-Institute, Alliance éthio-francaise, the Italian Cultural Institute and the British Council.
On opening day, guests watched a video on the artworks and the setting up of the exhibition in a hall inside the Goethe Institute. Until the 31st of December, two installations will be on display in the courtyard of the Institute.
Elias Sime graduated from the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Art and Design in 1990 with a degree in graphic art. His work has been exhibited in galleries all over the world, such as in the Santa Monica Museum of Art in California in 2009 and in the Sydney Opera House in Australia in 2010.