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Samson Mnisi and Gera Mawi Mazgabu
16 September – 8 October 2005
Inspired by ritual practices, Samson Mnisi creates sacred spaces with bold paintings and installations that strongly evoke his African heritage. Gera Mazgabu is an erudite of the Ethiopian Church and has a degree in rhetorical poetry; he realizes powerful talismans in the style of the tradition nurtured by the orthodox religion. He is a scholar of traditional science, who has carved out a personal route to modernity. It might seem that a combination of these two very different artists wouldn’t sit comfortably, but in reality, something ineffable happens. Together, their works speak of a timeless elegance. The values embraced by both approaches are mutually balanced, but the effect is neither overwhelming nor threatening.
gera mawi mazgabu, untitled, acrylic on canvas, 84x120cm, 2004