Emebet Belete: Twofold

Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 5pm
Modern Fuel (suite 305)
Modern Fuel

Twofold is a series of works by Belleville-based artist Emebet Belete on Shemma, featuring Amharic, English and French songs transliterated into one another. An Ethiopian hand-woven cotton fabric, often with a coloured border design, Shemma is used in Ethiopia as a shawl, with the traditional cloth worn by both men and women. As a result of the artist’s perceptions when living and thinking in more than one language, the project explores how language is both separate and shared, in relation to how it becomes part of our cultural heritage, personal experience, and the lens through which we see the world.


Artist Biography

Emebet Belete is an artist and educator who was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A graduate of the Addis Ababa Fine Arts School, she received her BFA and B. Ed from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. She has exhibited in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, France, China and Canada.  She uses pastel, oil and acrylic, collage and mixed media to create images that reflect her experiences growing up in Addis Ababa, and living in Canada and Asia. Her work can be found at the National Museum of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian National Institute of Culture, and TEDA Archives (Tianjin), as well as in private collections around the world. Emebet is a recipient of a 2018 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant, and 2017 - 2019 OAC School Projects grants, which she uses to teach students in her local schools in the Bay of Quinte.