IMPREINT: Good Morning ADDIS ABABA!


Good morning Addis Ababa - Impreint1As my first “return” post, I am so excited to share an inspiring art project which I fortunately take part recently. It is really an honor to collaborate with a London based artist who goes by the name IMPREINT via an enlightening art project titled ‘Portraits’. And to bring to you my exclusive short interview with the artist about a topic that is close to my heart as this uplifting art project conveying it to the world through a simply beautiful concept – Embracing our individuality and seeing beauty through imperfection.

As the artist stated, the idea of Portraits come as a natural consequence from the 1000 balloons that he painted which all different and started seeing them as people – all so beautiful in their imperfections.

IMPREINT 304 of 1000

Portraits by IMPREINTAnd here comes the interview with the artist.

1. What Beauty means to you?
‘Imperfection’.

2. What do you think it takes to see beauty through imperfection?
Open mind, contact with your emotions.

3. As an artist, what do you think it takes to let Art to inspire us and to realize that we are all ONE?
Inspiration comes from emotion and feedback. Speaking about ‘Portraits’: I gave inspiration to send me a picture, same I’m inspired by the material that I receive. As well, when I look at the photos I see a giant and unique picture, so even keeping our individuality, I don’t see radical differences in our existence.

IMPREINT+I'm+a+temporary+exhibitionThe very fact IMPREINT collected portraits of people from around the world holding one common thing a balloon – which represents the concept – makes his art fascinatingly universal. Portraits inspire in bringing the world together as one and remind us that we are all connected despite our differences.

And this beautiful morning IMPREINT’s uplifting idea comes all the way to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia! And happily… I chosen to portray IMPREINT’s art at one of the Historical Ethiopian Orthodox Churches of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Baheta Mariam is a monastery church built in 1917 by Empress Zewditu in the remembrance of her father Emperor Menelik II – One of the legendary Kings of Ethiopia and founder of Addis Ababa whom many Ethiopians have special and inner connection with. Baheta Mariam is one of Addis Ababa’s treasures and the mausoleum is also the final resting place of Emperor Menelik II.

Here is my portrait of Good Morning Addis Ababa!

Good morning Addis Ababa - ImpreintPortraits is a global project and you can see the photos and follow IMPREINT on his facebook page. And you can enjoy other interesting written pieces about his work from Rio, Hong Kong or Sydney.

All beautifully imperfect!

About Sara Genene

I am a traveler... on an endless journey of self-discovery!
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6 Responses to IMPREINT: Good Morning ADDIS ABABA!

  1. Theresa says:

    What a wonderful idea – “all beautifully imperfect!” Your picture is lovely, Sara. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us. Blessings…

  2. Tariku says:

    Nice post, as usual, Sara! You look beautiful in the white ye bahel libs. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Karl Drobnic says:

    Welcome back, Sara. I wanted to share with you and your followers an Ethiopian film I recently saw. It is called “Horizon Beautiful” in English. It was written by members of the Ethiopian Film Academy (or Institute), filmed in Ethiopia, and features mostly Ethiopian actors. It is a very well done film, and I loved it. The village scenes especially took me back 50 years to the time I lived in Bale, Goba. There are many scenes filmed in Addis Ababa. You might want to find the people who wrote this film and see what their next project is. It might make a very interesting blog.

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