When we were invited to participate in the exhibition South of the Sahara: Accelerated Urbanism in Africa, we decided to collaborate with animation artist Ezra Wube. The stop motion animation delivers a compressed history of the marketplace: Starting from its initial role as a container that separated the local population from the Italian settlers, to its most recent identity as a center for experimentation in vertical development, Merkato has maintained relevance by refusing limits. Each episode of its transformational narrative has left an architectural imprint that has redefined its relationship to the city of Addis Ababa.
Type: Stop motion animation (Exhibition)
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Length: 7 mins 12 secs
Photographs: Elad Sarig
Animation: Ezra Wube
Team: Emanuel Admassu, Jen Wood