Time and Place are No Longer Singular: Ezra Wube in conversation with Henone Girma
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
12:00PM – 1:00PM ET
This virtual conversation occurred live on Tuesday May 24th. You can watch the complete program below:
Join The Africa Center and The Newark Museum of Art on Tuesday, May 24 at 12:00PM ET for a virtual conversation between artist Ezra Wube and curator Henone Girma. Ezra Wube is a mixed media artist living in Brooklyn, whose work explores fragmented senses of time and place to forge newly imagined realities. Wube’s own experience of navigating between different geographies—from the country of his birth, Ethiopia, to his new home in the United States—shapes his approach to storytelling through art. His work incorporates both traditional and contemporary media and references, using collage and animation to create multilayered, fluid explorations of here and there, then and now. His mixed media installation Project Junction, a site-specific commission that considers food as an expression of collective identity in its ever evolving state, is currently on view at The Africa Center. For this program, Wube will share and discuss his work with Henone Girma, Associate Curator of Arts of Global Africa at The Newark Museum of Art. The conversation will be introduced by Alana Francis de Govia, Chief Program and Experience Officer at The Africa Center.
Ezra Wube (b. 1980, Ethiopia) is a mixed media artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His work references the notion of past and present, the constant changing of place, and the dialogical tensions between “here”and “there”. His exhibitions include the 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil, Brazil; The 2nd edition of the Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans, France; “Gwangju Biennale”, Gwangju, South Korea; Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NY; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; “Dak’Art Biennale”, Dakar, Senegal and Times Square Arts Midnight Moment, NY. His residencies and awards include Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY; Work Space, LMCC Residency Program, New York, NY; Open Sessions Program, The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Rema Hort Mann Foundation; the Triangle Arts Association Residency, Brooklyn, NY and The Substation Artist Residency Program, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 2015 Ezra organizes Addis Video Art Festival, a platform for innovative international video art in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Henone Girma is an Ethiopian born curator and arts administrator. Currently she is the Associate Curator of Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum of Art. Henone has curated and overseen programs at a number of New York City and surrounding area institutions including The Africa Center where she worked as Programs Manager. Her writing has been published in the art anthology, Arts of Global Africa. She holds an International Business in French degree from the University of Texas in Arlington and an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University.
Ezra Wube, Fulton Flow, 2019 (still). Stop action animation, paint on a single canvas, 2:00 min. © Ezra Wube, Fulton Center. Commissioned by MTA Arts & Design
Organized in Partnership with The Newark Museum of Art