Art is a powerful way to investigate how humans impact the planet. That’s the approach of Ethiopian artist Elias Sime, who found himself pondering people’s preoccupation with their cellphones, and the lifecycle of these objects, from treasured devices to e-waste. He shopped the open-air markets in Addis Ababa for electronic detritus, producing monumental works from small parts: circuit boards, screws, wiring, and motherboards, the inner “guts” of computers. The results are both an unexpected view of our out-of-control technological consumption and gorgeous, abstract sculptural landscapes. Join Sime, School of the Art Institute professor Delinda Collier, and translator Meskerem Assegued for a conversation about art and renewal.
The annual Richard Gray Visual Art Series recognizes a significant gift from founding CHF board member and distinguished art dealer Richard Gray. This program is presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, with translation by Meskerem Assegued.