An exhibition that focuses on the search for something will be opening at the Goethe-Institut on August 26, 2016. Entitled “In Quest for”, the photographic exhibition features six emerging artists; Abel Assefa, Brook Getachew, Eyoeal Kefyalew, Meseret Argaw, Maheder Hailesellassie and Zelalem Gizachew.
The exhibition is a first visible outcome of a photography portfolio meeting held at the Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa in June this year.
In Quest for is curated by Katrin Peters-Klaphake a museum curator from Berlin, Germany, living and working in Kampala, Uganda, since 2009, according to her online biography. Klaphake graduated with a master degree in Philosophy and Media Studies from Hamburg University, followed by a practical training in a photo archive.
Her latest position in Germany was as Curator and Researcher in the German Historical Museum, Berlin. Her research interests are cultural history with a focus on visual arts and the role of museums and art exhibitions in history and society.
The curator developed the concept of the In Quest exhibition in close cooperation with the group, from the selection of the work to its presentation. The title “In Quest for” speaks to notions of search and research, questions of identity, ideas of wandering and wondering.
The term signifies a space in which the photographers and their stories communicate with each other, where they find some shared questions, approaches and themes. The accompanying catalogue was created in collaboration with Sarah Bushra, well known artist who describes her artistic practice as a “hybrid of text and image”.