Addis Fine Art represents Ethiopia at the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London

2 Oct 2020

Addis Fine Art will be exhibiting at the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, taking place between 8th and 10th October at Somerset House.

This will be the fifth time the gallery exhibits at the Fair. It will be presenting new works by Ethiopian artists, Addis Gezehagn, Ermias Kifleyesus, Tsedaye Makonnen and Tesfaye Urgessa.

Tsedaye Makonnen, Astral Sea II, 2019 (Courtesy of Addis Fine Art)

Each of the artists will be showcasing powerful works which explore the tumultuous nature of the human condition, relating to topics of migration, race and identity.

Thursday 8th October – By invitation
Friday 9th October – By invitation
Saturday 10th October – General Public
7th – 12th October – 1-54 Online

1-54 is the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. For further information about the fair, visit https://www.1-54.com.

…Putting Ethiopian artists on the map 

Founded in 2016 by Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul, Addis Fine Art is a pioneering gallery based in Addis Ababa and London.

Mesai Haileleul and Rakeb Sile of Addis Fine Art

Listed as one of the “Most Important Young Galleries in the World” (Artsy 2019), it is the very first local white cube space and international platform based in Ethiopia. The gallery focuses on highlighting modern and contemporary fine art from the Horn of Africa region and its Diaspora.

Since the Gallery’s first art fair participation at the Armory Show, New York in March 2016, Addis Fine Art has been invited to over thirty international art fairs and now attends 8-10 fairs a year, including Art Dubai, Cape Town Art Fair and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

Through the quality of its represented artists and its unique position as the only Ethiopian gallery active on the international circuit, Addis Fine Art is quickly becoming one of the leading galleries from Africa. It has been lauded for facilitating critical engagement with the local and mainstream art markets and championing an underrepresented, yet, rich space in modern and contemporary fine art.

…Inaugural exhibition

The gallery is set to relocate to their permanent new space in South Kensington’s Cromwell Place on 27th October, with an exhibition of Ethiopian modernist Tadesse Mesfin.

“Pillars of Life” will be Mesfin’s first-ever European solo show, which will run until 15th November. For further information, visit http://bit.ly/AFAxCromwellPlace.

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