still is still moving
Video works 2014 – 2019
By Betelhem Makonnen
still is still moving presents a selection of video works by Betelhem Makonnen from 2014-2019. Makonnen invites the viewer into rich explorations of perception, personhood, and place through video, photography, and installation. Different temporalities are animated by different surfaces, and lenses work to keep up. Feedback loops ask, what does it mean to be here / there / where, actually? When where and there is shifting and mercurial. Contradiction and paradox find a happy home among the in-between spaces born of mirrors. Here, images embody ways of being, ways of becoming, in a mutable and relational present.
About the artist:
Betelhem Makonnen is a native of Ethiopia (b. 1972) and lives and works in Austin, Texas. She has a BA in History and Literature of the African Diaspora (1991) from the University of Texas in Austin, coursework in Painting, Time-based Media, and Modern and Contemporary Art History (2010-13) at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro, and is currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Low-Residency MFA program (2019) as a New Artist’s Society Merit Scholar.
In addition to her artistic practice, she is curator at Fusebox Festival, an annual art and contemporary performance arts festival, and co-editor of the online arts periodical Written & Spoken. Makonnen is also a co-founder of the Austin-based contemporary arts collaborative Black Mountain Project.
still is still moving will also be open on the following Sunday, July 28th, from 12-3pm and by appointment.
About Occasional Gallery:
Occasional Gallery is an apartment gallery currently located in Edgewater, Chicago, organized and inhabited by Erika Raberg. Occasional invites artists to respond in part to its sunroom which, surrounded by trees and many windows, acts as a kind of transitional space, neither fully inside or out. Occasional Gallery is a roaming space with its first season here in Chicago. Its next move is to Stockholm, Sweden, beginning in fall 2019. Erika is a visual artist working with both still and moving images to observe the subtle relationships built into her surrounding environments, whether on the farm in rural Sweden that has been in the family since the 1600s or in and around Boston where mythologies surrounding the founding of the United States provide rich material.