Wednesday 23rd October 2019,

Mifta Zeleke

Mifta Zeleke

Mifta Zeleke was born in 1984 in Gainbe near Jimma in Ethiopia. He graduated with BA in English Languages and Literature in 2010 and with MA in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in 2013 from Addis Ababa University. Though his passion for literature is edged by irregular articles on paperbacks and a translation of the book ‘The Stranger’ by Albert Camus to Amharic, the experiences of reading and writing was a crucial element to enable him develop a career in curating. His affiliations to the visual arts enabled him to gradually get involved in the country’s art scene. Collaborations with artists, taking part in Public Relation works in exhibitions and festivals, organizing talks, working for the establishment of Galleria TO.MO.CA (Addis Ababa) and founding the Guramayne Art Center(March 2014) where he mainly practices curating are traces in his journey. The consecutive shows that are the results of the concepts he develops with artists in the center and beyond are fostering his career as a curator. Moreover, his participation in international venues like Berlin Art Week (2015), Addis Contemporary (Nairobi, 2015-Curator), Àsìkò 2016 Addis Ababa: 6th International Art Program, 27th June to 30th July, 2016 and Residency in AiR Bergen (2016) are helping him to expound the notions of the contemporary art in the local context of Ethiopia and internationally . Mifta also lecturers in the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa University since 2014 teaching courses on curating; and writings and research in visual arts.


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