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Tsedaye Makonnen

Tsedaye Makonnen is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, researcher and cultural producer, whose studio practice threads together her identity as a Black mother, birthworker, and a daughter of Ethiopian immigrants. Makonnen primarily focuses on migration and intersectional feminism using light, shadow, reflection, fractals, embodiment, movement and collaboration as materials. Her intention is to create a spiritual network around the globe that aims to re-calibrate the energy towards something positive and life affirming. Makonnen is the recipient of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. She has performed at the Venice Biennale, Art Basel Miami, Art on the Vine (Martha's Vineyard), Chale Wote Street Art Festival (Ghana), El Museo del Barrio, Fendika Cultural Center (Ethiopia), Festival International d'Art Performance (Martinique), Queens Museum, the Smithsonian's and more. Her light sculptures have been exhibited at the National Gallery of Art, and UNTITLED Art Fair. She has been featured in the NYTimes, Vogue, BOMB, Hyperallergic, Artnet, Artsy, and more. Her recent exhibitions include 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, Park Avenue Armory, National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Momentary and Art Dubai. This Spring she is publishing a curatorial book with Washington Project for the Arts and this Fall she will join the Clark Art Institute as their inaugural Futures Fellow. Makonnen is represented by Addis Fine Art and currently lives in DC with her 11 year old son.