The Ethiopian filmmaker, Salem Mekuria, will screen two of her films at a symposium on ‘The Beautiful City – the Aesthetics and Politics of Public Spaces,’ jointly organized by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) and the Tulana Media Unit at the ICES Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8 on Monday (February 16) from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Salem Mekuria, is Professor of Art at Wellesley College, Mass., USA. She is also an independent writer, producer, director, videographer and a video installation artist.
Her award winning documentary films and video installations feature Ethiopian subjects and have been shown internationally, and she is the recipient of numerous honours and fellowships from prestigious institutions.
The works to be screened at ICES are “SQUARE STORIES” (2010) and “SQUARE STORIES TOO” (2014) two triptych video installations in their original format which re-members Maskal Square, the massive concrete expanse and the largest public space in Addis Ababa, as a site of commemoration, offering it as a way of witnessing multiple, fragmentary histories of Ethiopia’s present and recent past.
In keeping with the theme of this symposium, the renowned Sri Lankan artist Chandragupta Thenuwara will make a presentation of his BEAUTIFICATION floor installation held at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery in 2013, and the Stages Theatre Group will make a presentation of their 2014 play WALKING PATH.