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International Art Exchange Project

The Afrikanation International Art Exchange is an artistic collaboration amongst artists in Somaliland/Somalia and Ethiopia. A variety of artists including painters, musicians and filmmakers have created artwork themed Family Rituals and Traditions. This mix of artistic collaboration, artist interviews and art exhibition provides a perfect opportunity for Somali and Ethiopian artists and communities to "meet." We are happy Prince Claus Fund supported this project with our goal to prelude lasting partnerships between Somali and Ethiopian artists and communities.

Collaboration 2: Family Rituals and Traditions

STEP 1: Artist 1 begins by answering a question through their artistic medium of choice then completes an interview explaining their artistic response. Scroll down to view the collaboration beginning with Artist 1.

Meklit Hadero
Ethiopia, USA

What family rituals and traditions have sustained you and your family over time?

"Tuhnesu" song by Meklit Hadero

STEP 2: Artist 2 reviews the artwork created by the Artist 1, then creates new art in response.

Ahmed Najiib

Painting by Ahmed Najiib

Painting by Ahmed Najiib

Macha Rose
Film, Photography
Artist 1, Meklit Hadero - Interview was filmed and edited by Macha Rose. Translations by Maryam Gulaid.
Artist 2, Ahmed Najiib - Interview filmed and edited by Hassan Banaroma.