Ezra Wube (Ethiopia)

Ezra Wube

Ezra Wube (b. 1980, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). Ezra moved to the United States at the age of 18 and received his BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston,and an MA and MFA from Hunter College, New York, NY. In works encompassing video, installations, drawing, painting and performance, Ezra engages mundane situations and interpersonal communication, only to subvert them through paradoxical visual manipulation.

Participant in
CologneOFF VII – 7th Cologne International Videoart Festival
CologneOFF VIII – 8th Cologne International Videoart Festival
CologneOFF X – 10th Cologne International Videoart Festival

Curator for
The W:OW ProjectNewMediaFest2020

Ezra Wube (Ethiopia)
1st Addis Videoart Festival 2015

Grounded in Movement – videoart from Ethiopia
According to Einstein’s unifying law, a continuos transformational cycle between mass and energy must occur for anything to exist.
Addis Ababa is in the midst of massive transformation. It is expanding drastically with over a quarter of its current residents relocating to newly built neighborhoods. As old communities are disappearing new ones are forming. Echoing the current state of the city, these videos examine the paradoxical unity of movement in energy and its relationship to stillness.
How does one negotiate these shifts? What is the axis of time in the frame of the past and the present? How does one cope with the familiar and the unfamiliar? How does one endure a consistent belonging while everything around it is in transition?

The artists

Berhanu Ashagrie – “The-City-is-The-People” 7:21 min., 2013
Betelhem Makonnen – (w)here is here, 2014, 02:35
Helen Zeru – Inside Out, 2014, 4:17
Helina Metaferia – The Newest Flower, 07:48, 2015
Maranata Tegegne – My Backyard, 2011, 1:00
Martha Haile and Noregard – You can’t eat money, 2014, 10:05
Miriam Haile, Tigrinya Wealth – 2015, 09:38
Mulugeta Gebrekidan – Inside Out, 2013, 2:58
Naod Lemma – 360 Birtukanoch/ 360 Oranges, 2015, 14:57
Robel Temesgen – Semone Himamat/ Holy Week, 2015, 2:01
Yacob Bizuneh – Circle and Hollow, 2013, 3:19