N+2: Hisab - Ezra Wube (2011)

21 mayo 2012

Hisab - Ezra Wube (2011)


Amhárico/Amharic | Subs: Castellano (propios), English

Una cabra, un perro y un burro se embarcan en una aventura en taxi en este maravilloso corto de animación stop-action pintado sobre una sola superficie; que explora la cultura y el folklore de Etiopía, país natal del artista.
Qrosawa




Ezra Wube nació y creció en Addis Abeba, Etiopía. Ezra se mudó a los Estados Unidos a la edad de 18 años. Ezra recibió el Premio Anual Black Achievement de Massachusetts y tuvo su propio show unipersonal en el Museo Dreams of Freedom en Boston, MA. En 2004, se recibió de Bachiller en Bellas Artes en el College of Art de Massachusetts. Luego de graduarse, Ezra recibió una financiación Dondis and Godine Travel Fellowship para realizar investigaciones sobre el folklore y las tradiciones de Etiopía. En 2006, tuvo su segundo show unipersonal "Story Telling" en el Naciones Unidas de New York. Al año siguiente, Ezra fue parte del show artístico "Ethiopian Millenium" en la Galería Blackburn de la Universidad de Howard en Washington DC. En 2008, Ezra participó en "Reflexiones desde el exilio: Cinco Artistas Africanos Contemporáneos Responden a la Injusticia Social" en el South Shore Art Center en Cohasett, "Here to There" en el South Seattle Community College en Washington y "Abyssinia to Harlem and Black" en la Galería Canvas Paper and Stone en New York. En 2009, Ezra recibió el Pamela Joseph Art Scholarship mientras trabajaba en su tesis doctoral en Bellas Artes en el Hunter College de New York. También participó en "The Happening: Kinetics as Art Object" en la Galería Rush Arts en New York, "MA selects MFA" en el Hunter College de New York, "Freeze Frame" a través de Miami, Florida y el Bina Film Festival en New York. En 2010, participó en un show de arte grupal en BAM en Brooklyn, NY.

En 2011, Ezra participó en “Art & the City”, CologneOFF 2011 Marruecos, “Swedenborg Short Film Festival”, UK, “Videoart from Africa”, CologneOFF 2011 Mexico City, “Art & the City: Mirrors”, CologneOFF 2011 Roma “Istanbul Animation Festival”, Istanbul, Turkía, “One Minute Africa”, nominated “Where History Begins”, Cairo, Egipto “International Black Film Festival”, Nashville, USA, “Afrika in Motion Film Festival”, UK, “Silicon Valley African Film Festival”, Mountain View, CA, “Art & The City: Mirror1”, CologneOFF 2011 Beirut “Ottawa Animation Festiva”, Ottawa, Canada, “Under African Skies”, Tria Gallery, NY, NY, “Paradoxes in Video”, San Diego, CA, “Art & the City: A Gesture of Generosity“, CologeOFF 2011 Madrid, España, “Stuttgart animation festival”, Stuttgart, Alemania, “DIGit 2011”, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY. “Media Wall”, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA, “Frame of Mind”, Denver Colorado, “Art & the City“, TimiShort - Film Festival Timisoara, Rumania, “Exhibition LÚMEN_EX 2011”, The Museum of Extremadura and Ibero American Contemporary Art (MEIAC) of Badajoz, España, “Memory and Process”, Addis Atlier, Addis Abeba, Etiopia, “PVE: Performance Video Event”, University of the Street, NY, NY, “The Video Show”, Raritan Valley Community College, NJ. Ezra was an artist in resident at Château de la Napoule, France, CAC, Contemporary Artists Center, Woodside, Troy NY, and “The Substation”, Johannesburg, Sudáfrica.

(Traducción por Qrosawa de Casoria Contemporary Museum)




Ezra Wube was born and raised in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Ezra moved to the United States at the age of 18. In 2003, Ezra was awarded the Massachusetts Annual Black Achievement Award and held his first one-person show at the Dreams of Freedom Museum in Boston, MA. In 2004 he received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art. Upon graduation, Ezra received a Dondis and Godine Travel Fellowship to conduct research in Ethiopia on folktales and traditional lore. In 2006, he held his second solo show “Story Telling”, at the United Nations in NY, NY. The following year, Ezra was part of the “Ethiopian Millennium” art show at the Blackburn Gallery of Howard University in Washington, DC. In 2008, Ezra participated in “Reflections in Exile: Five Contemporary African Artists Respond to Social Injustice” at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasett, MA, “Here to There” at the South Seattle Community
College in WA, Washington, and “Abyssinia to Harlem and Back” at the Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery in Ny, NY.In 2009, Ezra received the Pamela Joseph Art Scholarship while working on his Master’s of Fine Arts thesis at Hunter College in New York. He also participated in “The Happening: Kinetics as Art Object” at the Rush Arts Gallery in NY, NY, “MA selects MFA” at Hunter College NY NY, “Freeze Frame” throughout Miami, Fl, and the Bina Film Festival in Ny, NY.In 2010, Ezra participated in a group art show at BAM in Brooklyn, NY.

“Hisab” is an animated film based on Ethiopian urban folk story. The story follows three animals common to Ethiopian cities (a goat, a donkey, and a dog) on a taxi ride. Through their interactions the story reveals each animals nature.




Why do goats run from cars? Why do dogs chase cars? Why do donkeys block the roads? Hisab is the first animation I have featured here that is made in Ethopia.Ezra Wube's seven minute film answers all three questions and does so in a manner that is fiercely African in style and absolutely gorgeous to view and listen to. But first some idea of the narrative. Ezra recounts a folk tale to explain the three phenomena above. So the dog, donkey and goat take a cab journey in a minibus that is already full of men. They travel through the cities and countryside and for each animal there is a story to tell, an encounter to experience, the conclusion of which explains the beast's subsequent behaviour. Being painted on glass allows fluidity and spontaneity. It underscores the lavish colour painted in bold strokes, the tactile texture leaping off the screen. And the colours are the colours of the African continent possessing as appropriate both backlit vibrancy and deep shadow. Then there is an astonishing soundtrack. The constant voices, the din of traffic and discourse. Each of the animals triggers another drama. Ashebir Kastro, Maaza Haile,Hzkias Kasa and Getachew Tadese provided the voices. Those donkeys block the road all right. Huge queues. Huge brouhaha. But we know why thanks to a remarkable animator with a piece of work that resonates with the warmth of a continent.




Subtítulos y Traducción al Castellano por Qrosawa 


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