Born 1986, Ethiopia, Wendimagegn Belete lives and works between Ethiopia and Norway. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, AAU Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, ET (2009- 2012). He then furthered his studies with an MA in Contemporary Art, Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing, Norway (2016 - 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.
Selected solo shows include ‘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); and NOSTALGIA,
LeLa contemporary Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, ET (2015). Selected group shows include 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).
Selected upcoming solo exhibitions includes a solo show at The National Museum, Addis Ababa, ET (2020); Tenthaus Oslo, NO (2021; iodeposito, Traveso, Italy (2021);
LNM Gallery/NO (2020); Oppland Kunstsenter, (2020) and Small projects, Tromso, NO (2020); Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2021). Selected upcoming group exhibitions includes Flag Tromsø, Tromso kunstforening, Norway (2020); the 6th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize, PinkchukArt-Centre, Kiev, Ukraine (2021); Sandefjord Kunstforenings Kunstpris, Norway (2021); The 5th Biennale Internationale de Casablanca, Morocco (2021); the opening exhibition of the National Museum of Norway in Oslo (2021) and The Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2022). Belete has been shortlisted for the 6th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize. His work is held in 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)