27 & 28 April 2019

Oslo Opens Reference group
Astrup Fearnley Museum for Moderne Art
Atelier Nord
Billedkunstnerne i Oslo og Akershus (BOA)
Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF)
Kunstnernes Hus
The National Museum of Art, Archtecture and Design
Norsk Billedhoggerforening (NBF)
Norske Kunsthåndverkere Oslo og Akershus (NKOA)
Norsk senter for teknologi i musikk og kunst (NOTAM)
Norske tekstilkuntnere/SOFT
Tegnerforbundet (TF)
Young Artists Society (UKS)

Norwegian Crafts

Supported by
Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Arts Council Norway
City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Belete, Wendimagegn

Wendimagegn Belete (born. 1986, Ethiopia) received MFA in Contemporary Art from Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and creative writing, University of Tromsø, Norway in 2017 and a BFA in Painting from ASFAD, Addis Abeba University in 2012. His practice mainly focuses on painting and videos. He is also interested in appropriation and re-interpretation of video archives and material residues of the past whether a book, Maps, drawings, texts, signs that signify something from the past. His work has been exhibited in Ethiopia and internationally.

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Wendimagegn Belete Masresha
1986*, Ethiopia
Live and work in Norway and Ethiopia


2016-2017 Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, MFA
2009-2012 Addis Ababa University, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, BFA
2006-2008 Mekelle University, BA in Marketing Management

Selected Solo Exhibition
2018 , Exhibit at Østfold Kunstsenter, Fredrikstad/ Norway April. 2018 (Upcoming)
2017 “Are we there yet?”, GALLERY SNERK at Tromsø Academy of contemporary Art, Norway,
2016 ‘UNVEIL’ at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, Norway,
2015 NOSTALGIA at LeLa contemporary Art Gallery ,Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Selected Group Exhibition
2018 B#Side War, group exhibition in Venice/Treviso Italy (upcoming)
2018 LNM Gallery, January 2018, Oslo
2017 Portrait nu, Ljungberg Museum in Sweden, Sep – 12 Dec SW
2017 Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF), Represent Mondo , Norway
2017 Portrait now, The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle,May, DK
2017 “Urban Substitution”, European Capital of Culture 2017, Aarhus DK, (upcoming)
2017 Tromsø Kunstakademiet MFA exhibition, Kunstforeningen, Tromsø, Norway,
2017 Assuming public space , Tromsø in collaboration with Thomas Hirschorn
2017 First edition of International Bad Video Art Festival Moscow, A3 Gallery. Russia
2017 Arctic moving image and film festival, Harstad, Northern Norway,
2017 ‘Tallinn Noir, Group show at Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia
2017 Young Arctic Artists 2016-exhibition at Gallery Napa, Finland,
2016 Stockholm Independent Art Fair, represent Small Project, Sweden
2016 ‘LA VASEE COMTE’ Group exhibition at Jutland Art Academy, Aarhus, Denmark
2015 SYNCHRONIZED weissensee kunsthochschule, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin
2015 “Art Future/Future Signs” at the Art Academy of Latvia, Riga,
2015 50 years of Pan Africanism’ Group show, national museum, Addis Ababa , Ethiopia,
2015 Addis art fair, Group exhibition at millennium hall, Addis Ababa,
2015 Horizon arts – group exhibition at Laphto art Gallery, Addis Ababa,
2014 Altered Impression – group show , with Ethiopian Art community, USA
2014 Ethiopian national artists association, Group show, national museum, Ethiopia
2012 Listro exhibition, school of fine arts and design, Addis Ababa and Berlin,
2013 ECA UNESCO, group exhibition, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2012 Alliance Ethio – France, Group exhibition , Ethiopia
2012 Graduation exhibition, Addis Ababa University, Alle school of fine arts and Design

2011 Four freedom exhibition, US Embassy, Addis Ababa,
2011 UNFPA, National museum, Group show, Addis Ababa

Selected awards
2018/2019 two years working grant from the Norwegian art council,
2016/2017 Oslo Rådhus, studio C allocation, 18 months, Norway
2017 Kulturradet Stipend/Establishment grant for graduate Artists, Norway
2016-2017 Quota Scheme, two Years Scholarship and grant, Tromso, Norway
2017 KORO Public art project grant, Tromsø in collaboration with Thomas Hirschorn
2012 -, Addis Ababa University, outstanding student of the year 2012
2013 Norman Rockwell foundation’ Certificate form the US Embassy, FOUR freedoms Art competition
2012 BFA Degree in painting, from the Alle school of fine art and design, AAU
2014 First prize in two categories, International organization for migration (IOM),
2012 Red Cross Society Ethiopia , Certificate for 12th international Art competition
2011 Network for Ethiopian Women Association, UN WOMEN – certificate from art competition

Workshop and training
2017 Intensive Course, Tallinn Noir, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia
2016 workshop “Found materials” 21-25 Nov, Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, SWD
2016 Experimental Sound art workshop, Tromsø academy of contemporary art, -NOR
2016 Conceptual art and materialism, “I am the first man,” at Jutland Art Acd, DNK
2015 “Art Future/Future Signs” workshop at the art academy of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
2011 Awakening’ training, International organization for migration (IOM), Ethiopia
2014 Leadership training by Rotarian Kifle Woldehawariat, Ethiopia
2010 Three months, Media Art training at Abyssinia fine art Addis Ababa , Ethiopia
2014 DCA, conference and training for district at 9212, Kenya,

Selected Press and publication
2018 www.dagsavisen.no/oslo/hemmeligheten-i-radhus-tarnet-1.1054861#carousel-example-generic
2017 Se kunst magasin 03 2017 low final SeKunstMagasin (Article)
2017 I Tromsø, Kultur , /2017/06/08/
2016 magasinetKUNST,dk , August 4, 2016 Denmark (Article)
2016 Synchronized Overview article/ Kunsthalle at Hamburg Place 2015/16 / (Article)
2015 Nostalgia, Ethiopiaobserver, June 17th, 2015 (blog)
2015 “Art Future/Future Signs” October 17, 2015 (blog)

Open on: Sunday


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