The Stuart Hall Library, em Londres
Publicado5 Dez 2014
Imagem: Short Biographies of Some Ethiopian Artists (1991) by Tāyé Tādasa
The Stuart Hall Library, no Institute of International Visual Arts, em Londres, é uma das bibliotecas destacadas pela Contemporary and numa rubrica dedicada a espaços deste género pelo mundo africano. Nela encontram-se raridades editoriais, como por exemplo uma publicação com biografias e obra de artistas da Etiópia.
“I was given this book as a reward for my participation in an art competition which took place here when I was about 13 years old. In general terms, the book was published thanks to the major involvement and full support of a foreigner who was here in Ethiopia during that time. He just wanted to have a collection of biographies of Ethiopian artists that lived and worked during the years between 1869 and 1957. Even though the book was not prepared in a critical format, I can simply say that it is special for one major reason: it is the only book that we still have in which the biographies and work of many Ethiopian artists can even be found. It is a fact that lots of books and catalogues about modern and contemporary Ethiopian artists have been published over time, but none of them have covered such a large number of artists as can be found in that specific book. The book covers Ethiopian artists who worked over nearly a century and it has truly served as a comprehensive reference book for many young Ethiopians who want to know about the historical involvements of Ethiopian artists. Some of the artists referred to in this book are still alive today, working in the country and abroad, and a few of them are still very important, even for the recent history of Ethiopian art.”