Kidist Berhane displays her work in this group show by 15 women artists on the theme of coffee at the National Museum of Ethiopia.
Coffee is grown mainly in Kaffe, a western region of Ethiopia, and is said to have given its name to the plant, which was first found in the wild there is the ninth century. It is one of Ethiopia’s main exports, accounting for about 60 per cent of foreign income, and some 15 million people are involved in the trade. Ethiopia is the seventh largest producer of coffee worldwide.
Berhane is a founding member of the Ethiopian Visual Artists Association and is known for her paintings on the theme of chickens – vivid images of chickens in motion – which she says she uses as metaphors to express her ideas on life.
National Museum of Ethiopia.