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 (Upcoming) National Museum, Addis Ababa (2022); (Upcoming) Trondheim Center for Contemporary Art, Trondheim (2022); Codeswitch, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2022); Your Gaze Makes Me, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2021); iodeposito, Traveso, Italy (2021); Tenthaus Oslo, NO (2021); 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 (Upcoming) HacerNoche, Biannual International, Oaxaca, Mexico (2022); (Upcoming) 5th Biennale Internationale de Casablanca, Morocco (2022); Bangkok Biennial, Bangkok, Thailand (2022); The Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2022); I Call it Art, National Museum of Norway in Oslo (2022); Artsy Vanguard, Miami, USA (2021); 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
Wendimagegn Belete was shortlisted for the 6th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize. In 2022, Belete was selected to participate in the Chaos:Calm, Bangkok Art Biennale. Wendimagegn Belete's 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).