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A Memory of Astoria

Ezra Wube

2014 00:03:35 United StatesEnglishColorStereoHD video


A Memory of Astoria, commissioned for Museum of the Moving Image, is an impressionistic portrait of the blocks surrounding the Museum in Astoria, New York. Artist Ezra Wube walked the neighborhood to observe the area’s confluence of cultures, focusing on everyday moments, sights, and sounds. He reconstituted these experiences into a poetic visual collage, inserting himself as a silhouetted observer exploring the memories of his walks.

About Ezra Wube

Ezra Wube (b. 1980, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is a cross disciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Through autobiography, his work references the notion of past and present, the constant changing of place, and the dialogical tension between "here" and "there". Wube’s exhibitions include the Dak’Art 2014 Biennale, Dakar, Senegal (2014); 5TH Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco (2014); The 18th International Festival of Contemporary Art SESC_Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); and At the same moment, a Times Square Midnight Moment program, New York, NY (2013). 

Wube’s awards and residencies include Artist in the marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts (2014); Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY (2013);  The Substation, Johannesburg, South Africa (2011); Contemporary Artists Center Woodside, Troy, NY (2011); and Château de la Napoule, France (2011). Wube received his BFA (2004) from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA) and an MFA (2009) from Hunter College, New York, NY.