Addis Fine Art presents the second European solo exhibition by Tadesse Mesfin, coinciding with Frieze and 1-54 in London.
Tadesse holds a unique position as both a figurehead of the Ethiopian modernist movement and as a long-time educator through his role as a professor at the influential Alle School of Fine Art and Design in Addis Ababa.
Tadesse’s latest work is a continuation of his ongoing series celebrating the women who work as small-holder vendors in markets scattered across Ethiopian cities, who can typically be found standing or crouched down with their agricultural produce scattered in front of them, hoping to entice the eye of potential customers. As a visual paean to them, Tadesse places their occupations and personae front and centre, and the viewer is encouraged to appreciate their importance to the communities they serve.
Installation view, Tadesse Mesfin: Column of Rythm at Addis Fine Art, London, October 13 - December 17, 2022. Photo: Lucy Emms