Based in his hometown Addis Ababa, Dawit Abebe is a seasoned traveller who draws inspiration from the countries and places he visits. His critical observations force him to try and make sense of contemporary everyday life both at local and global levels. Liminal in the age of mobile-ty consists of seven paintings on canvas. The artist uses the smartphone and social media images and symbols as a starting point to explore the intricacy of human communication aided by advanced technology. He is concerned with what happens in the space in-between when the interaction is erratic and fragmentations and disconnections occur, be it in history, knowledge, time and space. This body of work follows Dawit Abebe’s X-Privacy series from 2012, in which he critically examines the themes of power and individual and collective freedom.
About the artist
Born 1978 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Dawit Abebe, born in 1978, graduated from the Alle School of Fine Art and Design at Addis Ababa University with a diploma in painting, sculpture, graphics, photography and industrial design. He works with various charities such as UNICEF to hold workshops for street children. He continues to be a full-time artist-in-residence for Habesha Art Studio, which he founded in Ethiopia.