yohannes mulat mekonnen, ethiopian contemporary arts, 

MAPS OF POSSIBILITIES



Why grammatically incorrect statements are less appealing than the correct ones? Why ambiguous and uncertain speeches are less preferable than assertive and eloquent dialogue?

With no linguistic measures ,we would be able neither to fully comprehend nor represent the human world with all its totality. But Certitude seems the defining characteristic both of our language structures and scientific understandings. 19th century linguistic philosopher believed the problems dealt by philosophy are rooted in the problem of the language. Hence the proponents of such schools of thought argue that, creating correspondence between the world and  language must be the central task in our strive to solve the the metaphysical inquiries dealt by philosophy. The historical parallel of the optimist project of 19th century towards achieving linguistic utopia, is a the language of totalitarianism which is also aimed at  cultivating a language structure that dictates what is possible to think. To create a cultivated language, according to Schiller , which thinks and writes for you. Everything human; the errors, the mistakes and the uncertainty should be eradicated, In order to render every human into the extension of  its own language. Through a clear language and a certainty of vision, totalitarianism justifies itself; Rational Individuals will be mobilized to be feeling crowds. Whenever an idea believes in itself, When ideology is too certain, It forces the whole world to resemble its own image. Every ideology should have a systematic self doubt as integral part of itself.  Map of possibility is intended just to do this by a symbolic attempt of putting the medium in flux and piecemeal alterations in a manner that alters the subjects that   the medium corresponds  with.




 

Mark
yohannes mulat mekonnen, ethiopia

Mapp of absence



We use language to express precisely what we want to convey. Our language is full of spatial and temporal references to orient things in time and in spaces. These references are quite relevant. Since objects or events can not be used as a reference for their own justification, we cannot think of any things in general, apart from the possibility of their connection with other things. One set of relation that is quite significant in the way we make sense of things is the relation of presence and absence. Absence looks too perplexing an idea to get a clear conceptual picture of. It is often a challenge in a discipline like archeology for example, which is mainly dependent on the remains of the past when reconstructing archival voids; especially when we consider that across the world most of human activities are devoid of material remains.
What is void/absence? Does is have its own nature? Or is it merely space modeled after the nature of the specific thing which is absence?
Maps of absence is a crystallization of the artist's attempt to give visual form to how void is appropriated in both material also linguistic spaces.






yohannes mulat mekonnen, ethiopian contemporary arts,


This is a pipe


yohannes mulat mekonnen, ethiopian contemporary arts,

 
This is a pipe  is an appropriation of Rene magritte's Treachery of  images. It proposes negation as method to delineate an object. The act of selecting  is also a process of exclusion. On this piese one of the thing that i want to achieve is to give a character to the absence. To organized, shape and develop a structure for the excluded. it poses a question, where the colonial narration are strongly rooted in exclusion of any intellectual and cultural cultural achievements of the developing worlds.  Can negation narration or shaping the exclude can be used as a possible way integrating decolonization discourse?







Thinking-plates



Thinking-plates was first developed as site specific installation project to take place in the restaurant. The aim of the project is to explore food as a platform for negotiation where the economic, cultural and political interests come to play. Through different visual strategies, this series art works model a materialized expression to a political-biography of food.


Overdetermined



Overdetermined  is develop to grapple with the question I had as a student towards the education system. I Learned in the country where mass transformation was launched the education of the generations is designed to meet the sole purpose of producing a huge workforce of average competence and without regard to opinion formation. The education system isn't intended to adequately empower the public rather it aimed to satiate the ever increasing demand for moderately trained workforce. the individual educational journey is tuned by the demand of either the nation or the market.