Menged Merkato

Wube’s Menged Merkato is based on Emanuel Admassu’s essay of the same name and features the architectural history of the largest open-air market in Africa. Located in Addis Ababa, Wube’s stop motion animation made using mixed materials combined with drawings and paintings with live recordings taken from the market captures the history of this site. During the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1936, the European invaders designed an urban grid layout that separated them from the unruly indigenous population. However, over time, this market with its increasing flow of people and goods shows how local merchants and market-goers through their daily activities eventually erase the Modernist grid order and the hierarchy of imperialist space. Here, colonial borders are defeated.

Miscellaneous: The 12th Gwangju Biennale Exhibition (2018)
Shot on Sep 7, 2018