Helina Metaferia

  • Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working across collage, assemblage, video, performance, and social engagement. The daughter of Ethiopian activist immigrants unable to return home after their studies because of the political situation, with a mother who led a nonprofit organization advocating for the rights of Ethiopian women, raised a Black person of the diaspora in the US, Metaferia’s biography plays an important role in her practice, which asks broadly where does history and revolution live? She proposes it lives in archives, genealogies, canons, and oral histories, but also in bodies, acts of reunion, in holding trauma and joy, in dreaming.

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Licensed Artworks

The Call, 2019 (still)
This artwork is licensed by KADIST for its programs, and is not part of the KADIST collection.

Programs

Exhibition Identity by GRL GRP
A Woman You Thought You Knew
11 Apr 2024 – 03 Aug 2024
Marion Scemama, David Wojnarowicz, Last Night I Took A Man, 1989 (video still)
A Convening of Civic Poets
06 Oct 2023 – 04 Feb 2024
Helina Metaferia

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Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working across collage, assemblage, video, performance, and social engagement. The daughter of Ethiopian activist immigrants unable to return home after their studies because of the political situation, with a mother who led a nonprofit organization advocating for the rights of Ethiopian women, raised a Black person of the diaspora in the US, Metaferia’s biography plays an important role in her practice, which asks broadly where does history and revolution live? She proposes it lives in archives, genealogies, canons, and oral histories, but also in bodies, acts of reunion, in holding trauma and joy, in dreaming.