Lex(0): A Case For Mourning
Public Sound Installation in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
After experiencing the loss of her maternal grandmother, Selam Bekele returned to her rapidly changing hometown for a 6-week residency in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Her objective was to reinterpret the language of death, grief, and disconnection through the lens of diaspora. By installing speakers in demolished buildings in the city, Bekele used sound as an invisible medium to echo the memories of an evolving city. Her reinterpretation of a traditional mourning service paid homage to the passing generation of her grandmother, while drawing a haunting parallel of mortality of people and places.