The Crowning Series: Nsukka Market I
Tsedaye Makonnen is a multidisciplinary artist whose studio, curatorial, and research-based practice threads together her identity as a daughter of Ethiopian immigrants, a Black American woman, doula and a mother. Makonnen invests in intersectional feminism and migration within Black communities across the globe. Her work is both an intimate memorialization and protective sanctuary for Black lives. She is the recent recipient of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, DC Public Library Maker Residency and Art on the Vine's Savage-Lewis Artist Residency (Martha's Vineyard). She is represented by gallery Addis Fine Art
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- The Crowning Series is an on-going and evolving performance art piece that started in 2017 and includes a variation of pelvic bone sculptures. This work is about feminism, reproductive rights, birth, womxn's bodies, ritual, motherhood, Matriarchy, treating & seeing the womb as a crown & throne and much more. I have traveled with my pelvic bone sculptures, crowning women & femmes in Miami, Ethiopia, DC, Martha's Vineyard, Pittsburgh, New York, Nigeria (pictured here) and elsewhere. This image was taken in Nigeria at a market I frequented in Nsukka during a sculpture residency with El Anatsui the summer of 2018. The other pieces, including the royal robe, are also significant to my performance practice.
photography + performance, 11" x 14"
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