The Merkato Tapestry is a timescape analyzing the complex spatialities of Addis Merkato. The market is a testing ground for the future of Addis Ababa and a space of resistance against ongoing displacement. A robust network of merchants have devised spatial, cultural and economic strategies that have allowed them to maintain ownership of the market. The 2.7 × 4.2 meter tapestry reassembles the market into an array of 126 scenes, documenting the various materials used to construct the market since its initial settlement in the late 1930s.
Curator: Dr. Mpho Matsipa
Type: Tapestry (Exhibition)
Location: Munich, Germany
Photographs: Laura Trumpp
Exhibition Design: Wolff Architects
Team: Emanuel Admassu, Jen Wood