My works are greatly informed by Ethiopian narratives, identity, and history. the visuals in my paintings contain an encyclopaedic range of information taken from archival photos, texts, stories, video frames, and my own experiences/visual documentation. It lingers between creating a visual narrative referring a specific image and abstracting a figure into the unknown. I am also fascinated by the idea of the epigenetic inheritance, this idea of a memory that transfers over generations. I often feel that this work is a kind of map of some of that. my paintings also respond to the idea of collision of cultures in my personal experience. The layers of realities inspired me to translate my own story into the large-scale paintings and pastel drawings, on the other hand the works are a very intimate portrait of historical references like anti-colonial resistance of Ethiopia. Furthermore, after an immense improvisation and changes through distorting, elongating, dissecting, and reassembling the images, it becomes focusing on creating a canvas that serves as a visual field for the viewer to project itself and have a momentary experience which is peculiar for each individual.
This Man Is Your Friend – Wendimagegn Belete, Sofia Karyofilis – Etter tørke RAM galleri
Wendimagegn Belete Untitled, and Roloff, Hanna Josefine, Photo credit , Gallery LNM