Wendimagegn Belete (B.1986, Ethiopia) currently lives and works between Ethiopia and Norway. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at the AAU Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, ET in 2012. He then continued his studies with a MA in Contemporary Art at the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing, Norway graduating in 2017. Belete’s work is greatly informed by Ethiopian narratives, identity, and history, and contains an encyclopaedic range of information taken from archival photos, texts, stories, video frames, and his own experiences and visual documentation. With an interest in epigenetic inheritance; the idea of a memory that transfers through generations, he encourages us to consider both our cultural and personal identities as an accumulation of past experiences, events, and decisions that continue to pervade and define the present.
Solo exhibitions include Your Gaze Makes Me, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2021); (Upcoming) iodeposito, Traveso, Italy (2021); (Upcoming) Tenthaus Oslo, NO (2021); (Upcoming) Small projects, Tromso, NO (2021); ‘National Museum, Addis Ababa, ET (2020); LNM Gallery/NO (2020); Oppland Kunstsenter, (2020); Moment 2.0’, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Nevlunghavn, Norway (2020); Revenant, Fotografiens Hus, NO (2019); ‘Moment’, ‘Andafta’, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2019); Frozen Memories, Østfold Kunstsenter, Fredrikstad/ NO (2018); “Are We There Yet?”, GALLERY SNERK, Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, NO (2017); ‘UNVEIL’, Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, NO (2016); NOSTALGIA, LeLa contemporary Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, ET (2015).
Group exhibitions include The Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2022); the opening exhibition of the National Museum of Norway in Oslo (2022); the 6th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize, PinkchukArt-Centre, Kiev, Ukraine (2021); Facing the Sun, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Schloss Görne, Germany (2021); Sandefjord Kunstforenings Kunstpris, Norway (2021); The 5th Biennale Internationale de Casablanca, Morocco (2021); Flag Tromsø, Tromso kunstforening, Norway (2020); Oslo Kunstforening and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB exhibition, Norway (2019); YPN Digital Africa (Casablanca) 5th Biennale Internationale de Casablanca, MAR (2019); B#Side War festival, group exhibition in Venice/Treviso -IT (2019); Altering the past, FUSHION , at Youngs Oslo, NO (2019); Exhibition in Rådhusatelierene, No (2019); This man is your friend, RAM Gallery, NO (2019); Digital Africa Cameroonian photography and video art, Cameron (2019); Et maleri er et dik tuten ord, Akershus kunstsenter, NO (2019); LNM’s 50th anniversary, kunstnerneshus, NO (2018); Høstutstillingen/the autumn exhibition, kunstnerneshus, NO (2018); Young Invited, Gallery, LNM, NO (2018); The Process– Space, festival and exhibition, Russe, Bulgaria (2018); and Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF), Mondo, Represent Mondo, NO (2017).
Highlights and Collections
Belete has been shortlisted for the 6th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize. His work is held in prominent private and public collections such as Easton Capital/John Friedman Collection (USA); Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection (USA); Collection africanartfirst (Israel), Oslo municipality’s art Collection (Norway), The Holbar Collection (Liechtenstein) and The Norwegian Parliament Collection (Norway).