Tsedaye Makonnen

Washington, DC

Tsedaye Makonnen is a multidisciplinary artist who exhibits  internationally with a major focus on countries within the Americas and African continent. Her focus is on the African Diaspora's response to forced migration. As a mother and former doula: birth, femmehood, matriarchy and the medical industrial complex are other major themes in her practice. She is currently DC Public Library’s Maker-in-Residence and has performed at Art Basel Miami, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, Pratt Film Institute, Queens Museum, Festival International d’Art Performance in Martinique, Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Ghana, Fendika Cultural Center in Ethiopia and in Nsukka, Nigeria during her residency at El Anatsui's studio the summer of 2018. Recently Tsedaye's ten foot light sculpture and performance, developed during her Maker Residency with the DC Public Library, was on view at the August Wilson Cultural Center in the group exhibition Familiar Boundaries Infinite Possiblities curated by Kilolo Luckett. This monumental work is dedicated to and named after ten black women and girls who have died from state-sanctioned violence in the United States and have invisibly died along the harsh migratory journey through Europe.