Ezra Wube, past and present with an unique technique


Ezra Wube is an Ethiopian artist with an interesting art technique. He plays with notions of past and present in his stop action animation videos that draw from Ethiopian folklore.


Ezra Wube-Photo: Magmart

He born (1980) and raised in Addis Ababa. He moved to the United States at the age of 18 and received his BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. His work encompasses video, installations, drawing, painting and performance. Wube’s exhibitions include the Dak’Art 2014 Biennale, Dakar, Senegal (2014); 5TH Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco (2014); The 18th International Festival of Contemporary Art SESC_Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); and At the same moment, Time Square Midnight Moment program, New York, NY (2013).

He uses traditional painting techniques combined with digital recordings for this animated short. Traditional stories that match the representation of everyday life in Addis Ababa.

Hisab” is a beautiful Ethiopian animated short film that narrates the classic Ethiopian folk tale “The dog, the goat, and the donkey”.

Once there was a dog, a goat and a donkey who wanted to travel to another country. So they got on the bus. The dog had ten birr (the main unit of currency in Ethiopia). The donkey had five birr, but the goat had no money.

The bus ticket cost five birr. But when the dog gave ten birr to the conductor, he didn’t get any change. Because the goat had no money, she tried to hide herself in the bus. But the donkey paid his five birr. When the bus arrived at its destination they all got off.

The dog always runs after the bus shouting, “Give me my five birr! My five birr!” The goat runs away from the bus, saying, “The conductor will ask me for my money.” But the donkey doesn’t move. He’s already paid his five birr and he feels quite safe and happy.

  • Here, you can read an interesting interview with him.
  • For more information, please visit the artist’s website at www.ezrawube.net
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