Menged Merkato

Ezra Wube

2016 | 00:03:49 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | HD video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Animation, City, History, Post-colonialism

Based on Emanuel Admassu's essay Menged Merkato, an architectural analysis and historical journey of the largest open-air market in Africa, located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Merkato was developed during the Italian occupation of Addis Ababa to segregate the markets of the locals and the newcomers. Unlike the earlier circular formation which centered the royal palace, Merkato was built on a grid which allowed for a dispersed flow facilitating dynamic interactions and exchanges. This video reflects this new identity's continuous resistance to change but also its resistance to stillness in the course of major political shifts.

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