Ermias Kifleyesus creates works on paper and canvas, video and installation pieces that critically engage with the hegemony of Western historiography as it pertains to the African continent. His practice emphasises the collective, taking existing paintings (found on the street, given by friends or self-made) and uses a chemical adhesive mix to meticulously peel away the dirt, varnish and layers of paint from such discovered compositions.
In this process, in which chance and imperfections play their parts, one image becomes many images, like a filmic sequence of variations giving an insight into the artwork’s creation and degradation. In his archaeological working method, the process takes precedence over the actual image of what is or becomes visible. Notable exhibitions include Eating Each other, Extra City, Antwerp (2018).