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Images of AfricaCreation, negotiation and subversion$
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Julia Gallagher

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091469

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091469.001.0001

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Re-imagining Ethiopia

Re-imagining Ethiopia

from campaign imagery to contemporary art

(p.167) 9 Re-imagining Ethiopia
Images of Africa

Wanja Kimani

Manchester University Press

The chapter explores the space between campaign imagery and contemporary art in the creation of the image of Ethiopia. By exploring this point of image production and consumption, we can identify the way in which the image of Ethiopia, once married to famine and poverty, is being reframed by contemporary Ethiopian art. From photography to painting, emerging and established artists comment on issues ranging from Ethio-centric nationalism, natural resource management, secession and modernity. The distinct characteristic of artists’ ability to combine sensitivity and objectivity in exploring their locale places them in a key role in commenting on the social realities of their respective environment. The chapter argues that contemporary artists are equipped with the ability to reframe the image of Ethiopia and although a number of hurdles stand in the way, artists are playing a key role in reframing the image of Ethiopia nationally and internationally.

Keywords:   Ethiopia, Art, Photography

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