It's a regularly excited Saturday evening in Bole, Addis Ababa's dynamic amusement locale. Ethiopian popular music blasts out of a close by arcade as the scandalous traffic slithers past. The bistros around Edna Mall are pressed with macchiato-tasting 20-year-olds; the roads are occupied with individuals in motion. Only one road back, along an unassuming, dusty street, it's an alternate story out-and-out. Concealed away from the groups, Adds Fine Art sits on the third floor of a pink pinnacle block. It's one of Africa's most energizing displays, yet similar as Ethiopia's contemporary craftsmanship scene, it's barely noticeable in the event that you don't have the foggiest idea where to look.
The thought for a display space came about when Raked Sale, a London-based workmanship gatherer and finance manager, became progressively baffled with the absence of Ethiopian portrayal. In 2013, her desire drove her to Los Angeles, where Hillel, a veteran gatherer and exhibitor, was living. Hillel had run a progression of pop-ups and a little display, with an attention on Ethiopian contemporary and present day workmanship. An excursion home would be the wellspring of his motivation. Following 18 years away, he found an altogether different country to the one he left: right around thirty years under unbending socialist standard and awful starvation had left Ethiopia broke, so finding a flourishing craftsmanship scene was a shock to Hillel.