How do we develop? Why do we develop? What does development mean? With these enquiries Helen Zeru Araya would like to continue her research in Vienna based on her background through growing up in a city with a young life of 125 years, Addis Ababa, a city which half of it is dying and half pioneering.
Addis Ababa is going through a massive transformation, a rapid pace to “development”, with new construction of mega buildings and vanishing slums. There is a new rush to build a modern city on top of the old city by demolishing, adjusting and reestablishing the city. Helen Zeru Araya is interested in the social, traditional and cultural change that comes with this process of change beyond its physical structure built on the ground. As a city being a home for human beings its architecture cannot be imagined freely of a social, cultural and political circumstance.
She wants to compare this with the archives of the city of Vienna, how the ongoing process of building up the city took place, how it shifted the social and culture way of living, the adoption and the process of accepting the change.While her stay at the residence program at the studios das weisse haus she wants to do research on the archives of the city Vienna: How the city was constructed, its architecture and look for detailed objects, renewed fragments of the streets, replaced parts of a buildings or renewed façades – everything which shows a constant formation of a city. She will document the research process through photography, video, sound, objects and work and playfully compare it with the new city Addis Ababa.
Helen Zeru Araya is artist in residence of spring 2013 at studios das weisse haus.
Helen Zeru Araya, born in 1980, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Currently lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
2013: Pop up addis , curated by Zacharias Abubeker and Sara Eklund, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Heart to Heart, National Gallery, curated by MeskeremAssegued, with Istituto Italiano di Cultural, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Inspires women II, Laphto Gallery curated by NuruAbegaze , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Interferens_en 013, EnBW showroom curated by Marisa Maza, Berlin, Germany.
2012: 1stTibilis Triennial – Offside Effect, Addis future, Georgia; Independent curators international (ICI)’s Project 35:volume 2, curated by Fran wuGiarratano with MeskeremAssuged, New York; Meeting here, GIZ, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Notions of peace chapter 2, Serenade Gallery, curated by Karen, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Notions of peace, Serenade Gallery, curated by Karen, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; RUNDGANG, UNIVERSITAT DER KUNSTE BERLIN, Berlin,Germany; Inspired women, Laphto Gallery curated by Nuru Abegaz from Ethiopian contemporary Art Gallery (ECAG), Addis Ababa,Ethiopia; Examples to follow, Modern Art Museum and Goethe Institute curated by Adrienne Goehler, AA,Ethiopia.
2011: Fana Wogi, Modern Art Museum, curated by Aida Muluneh, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; I women, Asni Gallery, curated by Konjit seium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Neutral experience3, National Gallery, Curated by Henok Getachew, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Netsa art village, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Neutral experience 2, National Gallery, Curated by Henok getachew and Solomon Tsegaie, AA, Ethiopia; Alliance ethio Frances, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2010: Addis Photo Festival, with Mihret Kebede, Alliance ethio Frances, curated by Aida Muluneh, AA, Ethiopia; Let’s talk about love baby, curated by Chido Johnson, Chicago (on continues show at www.letstalkaboutlovebaby.com).