Contemporary Ethiopia
at Quoz Arts Fest 2023

VENUE: AKKA Project, Dubai
START: 28.01.2023
END: 28.02.2023


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AKKA Project is thrilled to announce its participation in the tenth edition of Quoz Arts Fest, happening in Dubai on January 28th and 29th, 2023

Quoz Arts Fest (popularly known as QAF) is an annual celebration across the industrial area of Al Quoz, with a central gathering point in Alserkal Avenue. It is the only festival in Dubai where art, food, live music, performance and educational activations converge.

This year, AKKA Project is bringing to QAF an outstanding array of artworks by Ethiopian artists within the group exhibition Contemporary Ethiopia, showing from January 28th to February 28th, 2023, at AKKA Project Dubai.

The participating artists Ashenafe Mestika, Natnael Ashebir, Micheal Hailu, Kidane Getaw, Leikun Nahusenay, and Workneh Bezu are all young talents who have made a mark through their skill, exploring themes from their country of origin in their captivating works.

To add to the excitement, AKKA is hosting Micheal Hailu to spend some time at AKKA Project Dubai, and to paint the facade of the gallery in his unique painting style. The artist has also be invited to speak about his works, and he will be available for an interview.

Participating artists:

Ashenafe Metika was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1987 where he now lives and works. He is interested in social and socio-political issues that become inspiration for his work. He tries to connect himself with his surroundings, observes people’s interactions with each other and the stories of their life experiences. 

Ashenafe Mestika, Entangled Realities 05, 2022, Acrylics on Canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Natnael Ashebir was born in 1995 in Ethiopia. He merges form in a meditative exploration of layers of life and inwardness. His artworks are not only about urbanization and social structures, but they are also an immersive experience of time and space.

Natnael Ashebir, Layers of Life 60, 2022, Acrylics on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

Micheal Hailu was born in 1999 in Ethiopia. He has declared himself his own muse, painting himself in female postures and figures. This reflects his confusion about social norms. While questioning the concept of gender, he analyzes how we came about following notions of male and female.

Kidane Getaw was born in 1994 in Ethiopia. He draws inspiration from the unknown and the unforeseen aspect of himself, from reality and from nightmare fantasies. Yet his work is a deep comment on the truth about life, that forms are distorted yet presented in harmony, hiding the suffering of reality.

Kidane Getaw, Exhausting Nightmare 2, 2021, Acrylics on Canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Workneh Bezu Kassa was born in 1978 in Ethiopia and currently lives and works in Addis Ababa. Workneh experiments with different art forms such as paintings, sculptures, graphics, and video works. Later on, the artist shifted his attention from circles to female figures. 

Leikun Nahusenay was born in Ethiopia. For Nahusenay, the creation of a work of art comes from the mind and the heart. His works are born from pious meditations and are meditations themselves. His recent pastel drawings are concerned with the presence and absence of the spirit in the human body and its connections with the spiritual. 


Leikun Nahusenay, Mother's 2, 2022, Color paper peel with acrylic paint, 100 x 70 cm


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