The workshop in Addis Abeba

An intersection of diverse cultures and backgrounds, Addis Ababa is a city that has been undergoing a massive change for the past decade. Newly erected infrastructures, a controversial master plan and the question of housing has been riddling the city for a considerable amount of time

The workshop in Addis Ababa observed the transformative space of the city with a particular focus on the question of urbanization in the Eastern periphery of Addis Abeba with topics such as emerging and disappearing spaces, inner-city migration and commoning in public space.

The workshop aimed to use the concrete geography and the architectural layouts as well as the social life of individuals as a starting point for an allegorical narrative about the urbanization of Ethiopia and its effects on local and global contexts.

The workshop addressed Urbanists, professional and non-professional photographers as well as dwellers of the different areas.

It was co-lead by Nafiseh Fathollahzadeh, photographer, in collaboration with Daniel Kötter, filmmaker and Bisrat Kifle, Urbanist. The workshop was coordinated by Maheder Haileselassie, photographer and founder of CPE.  The Project is funded by ECCE.


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