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SENIOR THESIS ART EXHIBITION


Kirubel Tesfaye

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

ARTIST STATEMENT

Undoubtedly, all religious activities are rituals. Regardless of what religion, whether it's grandiose or close to heart, people perform rituals to connect to their God. For my thesis, I wanted to give light to those beautiful rituals people perform and partake in during the Covid era. I wanted to take portraits of people in their own environment. I didn’t want to direct the photoshoot. I was there to capture their activities in the purest way possible. But of course, it is hard to get a feel for a ritual through a single image. Instead, I used the tri-color alternative photography process which reveals the passage of time and allows the viewer to experience the ritual in a spirited and magical form.

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