Ezra Wube

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Artist Statement

I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and moved to the United States at 18. My idea of home and belonging is no longer singular. I am in a continuous dialogue, negotiating here and there, tradition and modernity. While collaging my past with present experiences, I attempt to make a third entity that is in both the past and the present in which places and time are unspecified and continuously shifting.

These fragmentations are reconciled through the performative aspects of my work. My physical body becomes a witness that connects multiple realities. It serves as a direct means of communication to embrace the here and now, and to connect with the ephemeral in the everyday. For me, an imaginative relationship is necessary to adapt to a new environment. In my work I combine traditional and modern mediums. After painting or drawing I take a picture of the finished work using a still camera that is connected to a computer. I continue reworking on top of the same surface and documenting its progress. When the desired exploration is realized I edit the images and make an animation. The tactile making of my work now only exists digitally, the singular authentic object is forever gone but its process has been documented. The documentation aspect of the work serves as an indexical vehicle connecting the past with the present.





2009 MFA, Painting Combined Media, Hunter College, New York, NY

2004 BFA Painting (Honors), Massachusetts College Art, Boston, MA

Art Residencies/ Program

Triangle Arts Association Residency program, Brooklyn, NY

Artist in the Marketplace program, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY

NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, Brooklyn, NY
Swing Space/ LMCC Residency Program, Governor Island, NY

The Substation, Johannesburg, South Africa
Château de la Napoule, France
Contemporary Artists Center Woodside, Troy, NY

Solo Shows


“One Way”, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

“Memory and Process”, Addis Atlier, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


“Hilm”, Dreams of Freedom Museum, Boston, MA

Group Shows


“Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial”, Bronx, NY

“Lumen Video and Performance Art Festival”, Staten Island, NY

“We Must Discuss, We Must Invent”, UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY

“Static + Noise (Volume 1)”, Brooklyn Public Network

“Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival”, London, U.K.

“Kloosterkino Film Festival”, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

“Total Art – Alienated Timelines II”, CologneOFF video art festival, India

“Face to Place”, New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY

“Anyway, the Wind Blows”, Brundyn Gallery, Cape Town, SA


“A Memory of Astoria”, (commissioned) Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NY

“Gela 2”, AC Institute, New York, NY

“VideoBabel Festival”, Cusco, Peru

“Boda Boda Lounge”, cross-continental video festival: Picha (Lubumbashi), The School of Fine Arts and Design (Addis Ababa), VANSA (Johannesburg), Townhouse (Cairo), Medina (Bamako), Centre Soleil De Afrique (Bamako), VAN Lagos (Lagos), E.studio (Luanda), Voices In Colour (Bulawayo), Zero point Art (Santiago), 32 Degrees East (Kampala), and Kin Art Studios (Kinshasa).

“Set in Motion”, Purdue University, Fountain Gallery, Lafayette, IN

“Film Africa”, The Royal African Society, London, UK

“Dak’Art 2014 Biennale”, Dakar, Senegal

“Key Frames “, Neuberger Museum of Art, NY

“Kampala Art Biennale”, Kampala, Uganda

“INSTA /Show and Tell Media Festivals”, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“12th Mumia underground world animation festival”, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

“Video in Progress 5: Reflections of the Past”, Slovenia, Ljubljana

“The One Minutes Series – Animation”, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

“Total Art – Movement to Imagination”, CologneOFF 2014
-MIVA – Muestra Internacional de Videoarte Quito, Ecuador
-Torrance Art Museum, LA

“Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy”
-5TH Marrakech Biennale, Morocco
-Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, London, UK

“CinéSud, 15th Festival of Short African film”, Cozes, France


“At the same moment”, Time Square Midnight moment November Screening, NY, NY

“In TRANSITion”, Brooklyn Utopias, Brooklyn, NY

“Pangea”, New York State Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

“Talking Transition”, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

“Bodied Spaces”, Art Claims Impluse, Berlin, Germany

“The 18th International Festival of Contemporary Art SESC_Videobrasil”, São Paulo, Brazil

“Video Art Festival Miden“, Kalamata, Greek

“New Media Caucus 10”

“ACTIVATE: Market Street”, Gallery Aferro and RBH Group, Newark, NJ

“Bideodromo international Experimental Film and Video festival”, Bilbao, Spain

“Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy”, Malmo, Sweden

“Utopie Distribuée”, Gallery White Project, Paris, France

“The 10th Green Film Festival”, Seoul, Korea

“TESTING THE CITY” on VisualcontainerTV

“Now & After, Tsiolkovsky Fest”, Kaluga, Russia

“The 6th International Animation Festival Fest Anca”, Bratislava, Slovakia

“Luxor African Film Festival”, Cairo, Egypt

“The Magmart Selection at FIVAC”, Camaguey, Cuba

“Streetvideoart in SCEAUX”, Paris , France

“FILMFEST DRESDEN International Short Film Festival”, Dresden, Germany

“Urban Research: Exploring Contemporary Urban Space”, Berlin, Germany

“Tampere Film Festival”, Tampere , Finland

“6th Fest Anca – International Animation Festival”, Zilina, Slovakia

“AnimateCOLOGNE”, CologneOFF 2013 Sattal/India

“The 30th Environmental International Film Festival”, Paris, France

“Seleda”, Jazz Heritage Center’s Lush Life Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Tampere Film Festival”, Tampere, Finland

“The VIDEOFORMES Festival”, Clermont-Ferrand, France


“Colours of the Nile International Film Festival”, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

“The Libelula Animation Festival”, Lloret de Mar, Spain

“The 16th International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA”, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia

“The Migratory Photo Project”, New York, NY

“Animated Dreams”, Tallinn, Estonia

“International Short Film Festival”, Berlin, Germany

“Vuotociclo”, videoart show, University Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples, Italy

“International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film”, Leipzig, Germany

“Australian International Animation Festival”, Victoria, Australia

“Animation Screenings”, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

– Barranquilla, Colombia
– Cardiff, Wales

“Ezra Wube animation Shorts”, Community Television of Santa Cruz County, CA

“The Festival of Migrant Film”, Ljubljana, Slovenia

“Now & After’12”, Video Art Festival”, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia

“AnimateCOLOGNE”, Cologne Art & Animation Festival, Museum for experimental art, Mexico City, Mexico

“Art & the City”, CologneOFF VII
– Urban Culture and Fire Festival, Belarus
– CeC – Carnival of e-Creativity, Sattal, India
– Ionian International Digital Film Festival, Lefkas, Greece

“Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy”, Pori Art Museum, Finland

“Silicon Valley African Film Festival”, Mountain View, CA “Anim’est International Animation Film Festival”, Bucharest, Romania

“Im[m]agine Objet d’art”, Savona, Italy

“Milano Film Festival”, Milan, Italy

“Regent Park Film Festival”, Tronto, Canada

“Distance: Contemporary Photography”, Tejas Gallery, OH

“AVANCA 2012 – International Meeting of Cinema, TV, Video and Multimedia”, Avanca, Portugal

“Roof Top Films”, Brooklyn, NY

“Arts on Division”, Somerville, NJ

“Multiplexer’s September Exhibition”, Las Vegas, NV

“Roof Top Films, Summer Series”, Brooklyn, NY

“Magmart International Video Art Festival”, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy

“4×4”, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

“The Santa Fe International New Media Festival”, Santa Fe, New Mexico

“ARTchSO Africa video art”, Rennes, France

“Annecy International Animation Festival”, Annecy, France

“Melbourne International Animation Festival”, Melbourne, Australia

“FILMIDEO”, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

“AMOA-Arthouse Screen Projects”, Austin, TX

“Art RGSA Mini-Film Festival”, SUNY Albany, NY

“ANIRMAU Animation Festiva”, Lalín, Spain

“ReImagine:Ourselves”, Yara Arts Group, Ukrainian Institute of America, New York, NY

“Gowanus Art Fair”, New York, NY


“Art & The City: Mirror1”, CologneOFF 2011, Beirut, Lebanon

“Art & the City: A Gesture of Generosity“, CologeOFF 2011 Madrid, Spain

“Videoart from Africa”, CologneOFF 2011
– Mexico City, Mexico
– Riga, Latvia

“Swedenborg Short Film Festival”, London, UK

“Istanbul Animation Festival”, Istanbul, Turkey

“One Minute Africa”, nominated “Where History Begins”, Cairo, Egypt

“International Black Film Festival”, Nashville, TN

“Afrika in Motion Film Festival”, Edinburgh, Scotland

“Silicon Valley African Film Festival”, Mountain View, CA

“Ottawa Animation Festival”, Ottawa, Canada “Under African Skies”, Tria Gallery, New York, NY “Paradoxes in Video”, Garage 4141, San Diego, CA

“Stuttgart animation festival”, Stuttgart, Germany

“DIGit 2011”, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY

“Media Wall”, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA

“Frame of Mind”, Denver, CL

“Exhibition LÚMEN_EX 2011”, The Museum of Extremadura and Ibero American Contemporary Art, Badajoz, Spain

“PVE: Performance Video Event”, University of the Street, New York, NY

“The Video Show”, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ


“African Rythms/ American Echoes”, BAMart, Brooklyn, NY

“Animafrik Animation Festival”, Accra, Ghana


“Hunter MFA Thesis Show”, Hunter College, New York, NY

“The Happening: Kinesics as Art Object”, Rush Art Gallery, New York, NY

“MA Selects MFA”, Hunter College, New York, NY

“Rush Arts in Miami”, Miami, FL

“BINA Film Festival”, New York, NY


“Here to There”, South Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA

“Reflection in Exile”, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA


“Ethiopian Millennium art show”, Howard University, Washington DC

“African Art Show”, Washington DC


“Blen art show”, Washington DC

“[Other] Worldly”, DCTV Firehouse, New York, NY


“A Tribute to Spalding Gray”, Performance Space 122, New York, NY

“Addis York Art”, Orchard St. Gallery, New York, NY

“Square Foot”, Awol Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

“Painting”, The Laundry Gallery, Lock Haven, PA

“Square Foot”, Art Gotham, New York, NY

“Painting”, Saint Francis of Paola Parish, Brooklyn, NY


“All School show”, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

“Window Display”, Professional Stuffing Group, Devon Shire Street, Boston, MA


“Roots Art Festival”, Cambridge Adult Center, Cambridge, MA

Awards and Prizes


Emergency Grants Foundation for Contemporary Arts

1st Prize of the Digital Travel Notebook Prize


Van Lier Fellowship


Best Short Film, “Colours of the Nile International Film Festival”,

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Animation award, “Silicon Valley African Film Festival”

Special certificate of recognition in Animation, Luxor African Film Festival


Best Short Film, “Swedenborg Short Film Festival”, UK

Best Animation, “International Black Film Festival”, Nashville, USA


Pamela Joseph Art Scholarship


Dondis Godine Travel Fellowship

Massachusetts Annual Black Achievement Award (HBA)

Painting departmental award, Massachusetts College of Art


Second place in painting contest, New Hampshire Art Association


First place in HIV poster contest Addis Ababa, Ethiopia



“Workshop Merkato”, lecture, Columbia University, New York, NY

“Visiting artist”, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont


“Cross Disciplines”, Addis Ababa University of Art, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


“Stop-action Animation”, Introduction to Animation Guest Lecture, UCSC, CA


“Interdisciplinary Evenings: Memory and Process”, Addis Atlier, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

“Teret Teret”, Ethiopian Television, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


“Art, Activism, and Community: Social Change Through Visual Arts”, Tufts University, Medford, MA

“Ethiopian Story Collection Project”, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA


04/2015 “Current NYFA Featured artist: Ezra Wube”

“NY1: Your Weekend Starts Now”, Museum of the Moving Image Presents “A Memory of Astoria”
“Astoria uncovered in animated video piece”, Tess McRae, Queens Chronicle

“Rejecting the “exoticism” of African art”, Kyla Herrmannsen, This is Africa
“Ezra’s stop action animation”, News 24 Nigeria

11/2013 “NY1: Your Weekend Starts Now”, At the same moment, Time Square Midnight Moment program

03/2013 “LandEscape, Art Review: Ezra Wube”

02/2013 “Quick Quotes, Ezra Wube”, FLEFF Blogger


07/2012 “July Featured Artist: Ezra Wube”, 2 Op Collective

04/2011 “Hisab: The Hustle and Bustle of Addis Ababa in Short Animation”, Tadias Magazine

09/2010 “Ethiopia Through Art”, The Africa Channel

06/2010 “Ezra Wube And Time-Based Painting”, Youngupstarts

06/2010 “Ezra Wube Art for Good”, Rising Star Me

01/2010 “An Artist’s Journey, Freeze-Framed”, The New York Times

05/2009 ““Interview with Ezra Wube”, Abesha

03/2008 “Stop the Bastards!”, The Boston Phoenix

03/2008 “African artists create art in response to the violence in their homeland”, Patriot Ledger

01/2008 “Interview with Ezra Wube”, Deutsche Welle Radio

07/2007 “Washington Square”, The Literary Journal of the NYU Graduate Creative Writing Program

07/2007 “Stars Above Africa”, The Walrus Magazine

01/2006 “Interview with Ezra Wube”, XM Radio

07/2005 “Art Talk”, Tadias Magazine

07/2003 “Tradition and Modernity”, The Ethiopian Mirror

07/2002 “Interview with Ezra Wube”, Improper Bostonian