2020

GOJO residency is a process-driven program focused on collective + collaborative thinking & creating

The residential program is an online extension of Contemporary Nights programming in response to the Corona pandemic.

GOJO is an Amharic word meaning nest. It is also a traditional Ethiopian home. Throughout the residency artists explore and develop the idea of homemaking via their artistic mediums.

GOJO is driven by the desire to garner the feeling of belonging among participating artists in our program. ⁣ We cultivate a shared space foregrounded in the acts of kindness, tenderness, generosity and care.⁣

six artists come together to examine the roots of our connection, build upon the bedrock of our community, and thread new fibers as we realize our collective future. ⁣

the residency culminates into a group showcase that reaffirms our resilience as an inclusive community to exist and produce together in the knowledge that we are seen and we matter. ⁣

current residents

Betelhem abebe

Hamdiya Sherif

dawit seto

Solomon Kifle

eyob teshome

YASMIN ABDU BUSHRA

Video Premiere x market place

Thursday November 12. 20 | Fekat circus | 6pm onwards

GOJO resident artists

This physical event, held at Fekat Circus is part of the on-going refraction programming where key players in the Addis abebe arts and cultural scene share an evening for the premiere of refraction exhibition video and an informal conversation and exchange stories of personal happenings during this unprecedented year.

Artists Talk

Friday November 6. 20 | zoom meeting

GOJO resident artists

The six resident artists discuss with the curator about the making of the exhibition-in-progress, and their experience within GOJO residency since the beginning of the program in August 2020. The conversation parallels the residential format discussing “the processual” dissecting the “collaborative” and highlighting “the fluxus”

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the state of ethiopian artists in addis ababa

august 28. 20 | webinar

Robel Temesgen | Dereje Dange | Dr. Suraphel Alemu
Semagngeta Aychiluhim | Hanna Haile | Mekbib Tadesse

The personal is political is a webinar where we check-in with artists and cultural workers representing a broad range of Ethiopia’s creative sector, on how they have been surviving the disruptions to their lives and practices due to the global pandemic and Ethiopia’s political unrest. The state of Ethiopian artist in Addis Abeba is such a broad topic to address within a span of a zoom webinar. But when phrased and contextualized within the current reality, considering the consequences of the global pandemic in our local communities and the ongoing effects of Ethiopia’s political unrest, we thought it invites intimate conversations and could be an entry way for deeper discussions. we are very delighted and honored to have such a wonderful group of panelists to share with us their personal and emotional journey and walk us through their headspace as they continue to deal with the changes that has come within the past seven months (March – August).