Artist Bezawit donated 100,000 birr for the national blood bank

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With the formal abolition of the monarchy after Emperor Haile Selassie's death in 1975, a military junta took over the control of the visual arts in the service of their socialist propaganda. Elaborating the complexity of that new regime and the abdication of several artists from practicing or exhibiting art, Giorgis also discusses “practices that were elusively articulated outside the prescriptive identity of propagandist aesthetics”  by means of “simulacra and pretense” . Giorgis offers a welcome corrective to perpetuated ideas of resistance and provocation as modernist features, providing an understanding also for artistic agency that adapts to and sometimes is coopted directly or indirectly by state ideology and oppression. 

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