May 27th 2022

Tigray Art Collective: Wa’ela Exhibition

@ The Martin

2500 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, May 27th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, May 29th

The Tigray Art Collective brings together artists who tell the true stories of Tigray. Founded by Mahder Tella and Gabrielle Tesfaye, the two artists dreamt of ways a connected home of artists could make a creative impact and amplify awareness about the Tigray genocide. Weaving together a community of Tigrayan creators, we use art as an effective instrument of advocacy, inspire healing, and innovate creative realities for Tigray.

The collective will be bringing the community together across three days at The Martin. Join us for any exhibition windows and for the film screening on Saturday night – all free of charge. All guests must provide proof of vaccination.

The opening & closing receptions along with the film screening evening will have a card only bar available for purchase. All artwork will be available for purchase through the collective to help support the crisis in Tigray.


Friday May 27th – 6-9pm: Exhibition Opening Reception
Saturday May 28th – 10am-4pm: Open Gallery Hours
Saturday May 28th – 6:30-8pm: Film Screening & Community Gathering
Sunday May 29th – 4-7pm: Exhibition Closing Reception

On November 4, 2020, the Ethiopian government waged a genocidal war on Tigray. For 500 days and counting, our families have been cut off from the internet, telecommunication, electricity, and humanitarian aid. Millions of people are in food insecurity and half a million Tigrayan lives have been taken. Tigrayan artists all over the world have responded to this collective pain through their art. The

Tigray Art Collective includes a wide range of art mediums and styles, ranging from painting, collage, photography, and film/animation.

Artists not only use art as an emotional outlet, but have also donated artwork to raise funds for humanitarian organizations assisting Tigrayans, engaging in social media campaigns, and participating in powerful creative advocacy.

In addition, our artists have documented the times we are living in, given a vision of hope, and preserved our culture during this time of erasure. Artists ensure Tigray will not be erased by the silence of the world, and our history will be passed down to our future generations.

Instagram: @tigrayartcollective / Twitter: @arttigray

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