Micheal Hailu | Ethiopia
“How does one explore the duties and obligations of an Ethiopian parliament that is ethnically heterogeneous and ideologically homogeneous? How does one examine its success and its realizations? How does the parliament reflect our interest in a political culture that is ethnically polarized? How does one examine the complex political structure of an Ethiopian parliament? The parliament that is homogeneous ideologically and its officials really represent a people which are heterogeneous ideologically. These are the questions that I attempt to critically analyze in my work.”
Micheal Hailu was born in 1999 in Ethiopia.
He graduated from the Ale School of Fine Arts at Addis Ababa University in 2022.
He has worked in mixed media, photography, video and installation. With each work, he makes a strong statement about the disingenuity of the Ethiopian parliament and reveals the true feelings and opinions of the people.
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. He inquires, are we conditioned to be gendered or is it a tradition passed down through generations?
Inspired by French women and their attributes he reimagines women from Ethiopia as being part of the ‘golden age.’ Using gold paint he contrasts these paintings of women with paintings of men with silver backgrounds expressing the domination of masculinity in the world.
In other works he transgressed the themes of war and peace, questioning the vitality and use of war and its justification. These works are performative and push the boundaries of art.
Yimechish Party, a show organized by women and for women in opposition to almost all other parties dominated by men, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa Fine Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Parliament and Representation, Gebrekiristos Desta Museum of Modern Art, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Visage, Ancien Musée de Peinture, Grenoble, France
Netsa Art Felega: Identity, Ale School of Arts and Design Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia