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Tsedaye Makonnen

About Tsedaye Makonnen

Tsedaye Makonnen is an interdisciplinary artist whose studio, curatorial and research-based practice threads together her identity as a daughter of Ethiopian immigrants, a Black American woman, a doula and a mother. Makonnen invests in the trans-historical forced migration of Black communities across the globe and Black womxnhood.

She is the recent recipient of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, DC Public Library Maker Residency, DC Oral History Collaborative grant and Art on the Vine’s Savage-Lewis Artist Residency in Martha’s Vineyard. She has performed at the Venice Biennale, Art Basel Miami, Chale Wote Street Art Festival (Ghana), El Museo del Barrio, Fendika Cultural Center (Ethiopia), Festival International d’Art Performance (Martinique), Queens Museum and various Smithsonian museums. She has spoken on migration and intersectional feminism at the Hirshhorn Museum, Black Portraitures conference, Common Field and New York University.