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SELECTED WORKS BY Dawit Abebe

X Privacy 1
Dawit Abebe
X Privacy 1

2011

Mixed media drawings on paper

140 x 100 cm
In Dawit Abebe’s observations of human kind, strange figures turn away from the world. As silent witnesses, their often-gaunt affliction and melancholic surroundings suggest they are bodies in exile, or the subjects of an unknown trauma. Together, they command the foreground of Abebe’s narrative drawings, in which proportions become distorted through surreal re-imaginings of a parallel reality. Their limbering forms can be seen hurling shadows along vertical lines, as their bodies dwarf cities in their wake. Devoid of individual description, these hybrid ‘beings’ become stationed in permanent view, eclipsing whatever there is to be witnessed ahead of them: the fate of mankind perhaps.
X Privacy 2
Dawit Abebe
X Privacy 2

2011

Mixed media drawings on paper

140 x 100 cm
Wide chested, with compressed rounded heads, centred upon long spinal cords, Abebe’s beings defy anatomical perfection (Background series, 2014). Navigating a labyrinth-like virtual world, these subjects become surrounded by travelling signs and symbols, those fragmented bits of shredded scroll-like paper, official documents, patches of urban landscapes and roaming camera devices allude to a political underbelly. The fragility of Abebe’s figurative yet unfamiliar subject reflects the temporal conditions of human experience rushed by inevitable transformation.
X Privacy 3
Dawit Abebe
X Privacy 3

2011

Mixed media drawings on paper

140 x 100 cm
In Ethiopia, the project of modernity is one characterised by the collision between tradition and cross-cultural associations. Abebe’s schematic compositions recall the scales of Ethiopian Jazz, as much as they do an impressionistic rendering of the European nude. Rooted in an urban locality, his practice is increasingly concerned with questions of modern surveillance and human interaction in the face of new technologies (Project X, 2014). While rapid development of technology is galvanising change in cosmopolitan Africa, it has brought about the alienation of traditional values within certain communal groups and societies. The artist gives form to a vision of human experience that is uprooted from an everyday reality; his occupied subjects seem to be caught within the revolutionary current of Ethiopia’s past, one marked by the inescapable shadows of landless citizens.
X Privacy 4
Dawit Abebe
X Privacy 4

2014

Mixed media drawings on paper

140 x 100 cm
Abebe’s poetic inflections lead him into a study of human behaviour, through which the body becomes a vehicle for the navigation of modern surroundings.
By way of examining the transformations of interaction between bodies and structures, technology and forms, there emerges a unique conception in the public sphere. Abebe’s beings exist between borders, and having done away with the bureaucracy and confinement of everyday life, they are given an imagined autonomy born of a doubling of concurrent states of being both anywhere and nowhere.
X Privacy 5
Dawit Abebe
X Privacy 5

2014

Mixed media drawings on paper

140 x 100 cm
No.2 Background 1
Dawit Abebe
No.2 Background 1

2014

Mixed media painting

150 x 130 cm
No.2 Background 3
Dawit Abebe
No.2 Background 3

2014

Mixed media painting

150 x 130 cm
No. 2 Background 5
Dawit Abebe
No. 2 Background 5

2014

Mixed media painting

150 x 130 cm
© Osei Bonsu, 2014






Other artists in
Artists in future exhibitions

Caroline Achaintre    Rebecca Ackroyd    Markus Amm    Helene Appel    Ivan Argote    Dan Attoe    Michael Bauer    Diann Bauer    Dan Bayles    Simon Bedwell    Anna Freeman Bentley    Emilia Bergmark    Katherine Bernhardt    Gabriele Beveridge    Richard Billingham    Gabriella Boyd    Matti Braun    Bozidar Brazda    Jonny Briggs    David Brooks    Joey Bryniarska    Agnieszka Brzezanska    Loz Chalk    Ronin Cho    James Clarkson    Lucy Coggle    Andy Collins    Inez de Coo    Jessica Craig-Martin    Ana Cvorovic    Ian Davis    Nicholas Dedics    Tomory Dodge    Robert Dowling    Stef Driesen    Howard Dyke    Ara Dymond    Judith Eisler    Annabel Emson    Carlos Noronha Feio    Dee Ferris    Luc Fuller    Michael Fullerton    Dmitri Galitzine    Julia Goldman    Noémie Goudal    Hilary Harnischfeger    Chris Hawtin    Kati Heck    David Herbert    Patrick Hill    Dan Holdsworth    Phillipa Horan    Shara Hughes    David Humphrey    Elliot Hundley    Tom Hunter    Jessica Jackson Hutchins    Merlin James    Tillman Kaiser    Alice Könitz    John Korner    Liane Lang    Molly Larkey    Paul Lee    Andrea Lehmann    Juliette Losq    Christina Mackie    Jill Mason    Claire McArdle    Ella McCartney    Lucy McKenzie    Jill McKnight    Martin McMurray    Turay Mederic    Robert Melee    Ian Monroe    Kristine Moran    Eduard Moreno    Yasumasa Morimura    Luisa Mota    Nick Nowicki    Matt O'dell    Marco Palmieri    Selma Parlour    Oliver Perkins    Dustin Pevey    Marius Pfannenstiel    Alejandra Prieto    Arthur Prior    Max Prus    R.H. Quaytman    Neil Raitt    Sean Raspet    Brian Reed    Florian Roithmayr    Ruth Root    Stefan Sandner    Hideyuki Sawayanagi    Amba Sayal-Bennett    Lara Schnitger    Maaike Schoorel    Anne Kathrin Schuhmann    Michael Schultz    Macrae Semans    Conrad Shawcross    Jamie Shovlin    Agathe Snow    Martina Steckholzer    Jack Strange    Miriam Sweeney    Emma Talbot    Mateo Tannatt    Stephanie Taylor    Adam Thompson    Rafal Topolewski    Ryan Trecartin    Phoebe Unwin    Marianne Vitale    Caroline Walker    Ben Washington    Chuck Webster    Aaron Wexler    Poppy Whatmore    Julia Whiting    Jenny Wiener    Susanne M. Winterling    Saskia Olde Wolbers     Yeesookyung    Haeri Yoo

Dawit Abebe's BIOGRAPHY

Dawit Abebe
Born in 1978, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2015
Kristin Hjellegjerde, London

2012
X Privacy, Alliance ethio- francaise, Addis Ababa

2010
Dawit Collection, Alliance éthio-française, Dire Dawa

2009
Pin Codes, Alliance ethio- francaise, Addis Ababa

2006
Green women, Alliance ethio- francaise, Addis Ababa

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2014
Silver Sea cross-ship, Tour exhibition
Trade Roots, Kristin Hjellegjerde, London
Habesha Art Collection, National Museum, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia

2013
Art of Ethiopia, Sheraton, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia
Cutlog Art Fair, Paris, France

2010
Alliances en résonance, Paris, France.
Saint-Sauveur, France
Al Bastakiya, Art Fair, Dubai

2009
East Africa Art, Biennale, Tanzania

2008
Langano 2, Alliance ethio – française, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Langano 1, French Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2007
Habesha Art Show, Lela gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa University School of Fine Art and Design, Ethiopia
Residence of First Secretary of USA Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Speak Africa, UNICEF, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Zero Gravity, LELA Art gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Engineering Tomorrow, Addis Ababa Faculty of technology, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2005
Ethiopia Remix, Alliance ethio – française, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
American Community School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2004
Addis Art gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Friendship, Saron Studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Photography exhibition, German school, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Habesha, Alliance ethio – francaise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2003
Body corps, Alliance ethio – francaise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2002
Habesha Art studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Habesha Art studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2001
Residence of first Secretary of Spain Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
University School of Fine Art and Design, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia