Photos by Matthias Heidrich.
Tsedaye Makonnen is a multidisciplinary artist who exhibits primarily in NY and internationally with a major focus on countries within the Americas and African continent. Her approach attempts to convey the African Diaspora's response to forced migration and the effort to recreate the Self within new territories. As a former doula: birth, femmehood, matriarchy and the medical industrial complex are other major themes in her practice and interwoven with migration. She is currently the 2018 DC Public Library’s Maker-in-Residence, recipient of the DCCAH Arts Fellowship grant and former Artist-in-Residence of Artist Mother Studio. In February she co-curated a multidisciplinary exhibit titled Hyphen American at Gallery 102 featuring 20 international artists. She has performed at Art Basel Miami, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, Pratt Film Institute, Queens Museum, Festival International d’Art Performance in Martinique, Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Ghana, Fendika Cultural Center in Ethiopia and more. This summer she completed a residency with El Anatsui at his studio in Nsukka, Nigeria. Through March 2019, Tsedaye has a new sculpture in a group exhibition titled Familiar Boundaries Infinite Possibilities at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, PA curated by Kilolo Luckett.