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An offsite exhibition by Black South West Network (BSWN) in collaboration with Arnolfini, Unearthing Histories is a photographic journey through a visit to Zoma Museum in July 2023 by BSWN, Arnolfini, UWE Bristol and Let’s Make Art.

Zoma is an environmentally conscious art institution in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia co-founded by artist Elias Sime and anthropologist, curator and writer Meskerem Assegued.

Discover Zoma’s transformative and collaborative approach to art, architecture, education, sustainability, and the celebration and preservation of heritage and tradition.

Unearthing Histories features photographs by Alice Hendy, and is held at The Coach House, St Paul’s. The exhibition runs alongside Elias Sime: Eregata እርጋታ at Arnolfini – a solo exhibition of the work of Elias Sime, Zoma co-founder and one of Ethiopia’s leading contemporary artists.

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About Black South West Network

Black South West Network’s over-arching strategic intent is to build dynamic, independent, and strong Black and Minoritised communities, businesses, and organisations that are empowered to flourish while challenging systemic barriers and forging a true path for themselves. We believe that only through this will we significantly address racial inequality. All our portfolio feeds into this aim.

Over the years, BSWN has developed a strong reputation for evidence-driven work based on our own robust and academically sound research. We have started to fill the significant gaps in knowledge that are created by the lack of focus on the specific understandings, experiences, needs, wants, feelings, and aspirations of the Black and Minoritised communities in Bristol and the region.

About the Artist

artist Elias Sime sits at a table, head down, concentrating on the creative activity in front of him on a table.

Elias Sime

Elias Sime (born 1968 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) has exhibited extensively around the world.

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