Artist Statement & Bio
photo by Jared Soares
Tsedaye Makonnen is an Ethiopian-American interdisciplinary artist, a mother and a doula in hibernation. Recurring themes present in her work are identity, migration, colorism, womanhood, ritual and kinship. She's particularly drawn to conveying the African Diaspora's creative responses to assimilating, destroying and recreating the Self within new and/or hostile territories. As of late, she has been connecting the forced migrations taking place in DC and abroad through performance art, sculpture and installations.
Tsedaye has performed in D.C. at the Corcoran Gallery, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. She's a part of NY's performance art scene and has shown at Five Myles Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Lab, ABCNoRio, MoCADA and more. She recently performed a piece on her father immigrating to the U.S. as a refugee at Pratt Film Institute. She currently has two collaborative video performances with Helina Metaferia on gentrification in D.C. showing at Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco, a part of Helina's solo exhibition Home | Free. And another solo video installation at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, titled Holy Water: Bleach Bloodbath series, on the exportation of skin lightening.