Stop motion animation projected on the gallery floor

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.

Animation projected on the floor of exhibition space
Excerpt from animation by Ezra Wube

Type: Stop motion animation (Exhibition)

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Year: 2016

Length: 7 mins 12 secs

Photographs: Elad Sarig

Animation: Ezra Wube

Team: Emanuel Admassu, Jen Wood