Tsedaye Makonnen


Tsedaye Makonnen is a multidisciplinary artist who exhibits internationally. Her main focus is
on the African Diaspora's response to forced migration. As a mother and former doula: birth,
femmehood, matriarchy and the medical industrial complex are other major themes in her
practice and interwoven with migration, as well as colorism. She is currently DC Public
Library’s Maker-in-Residence 2018-2019, recent recipient of the 2019 Smithsonian Artist
Research Fellowship and DC Oral History Collaborative grant. She is collaborating with Ayana
Evans as the Savage-Lewis Artist-in-Residence in Martha’s Vineyard this summer. She has
performed at the Venice Biennale, Art Basel Miami, Smithsonian National Museum of African
Art, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, Pratt Film Institute, Queens
Museum, Festival International d’Art Performance in Martinique, Chale Wote Street Art Festival
in Ghana, Fendika Cultural Center in Ethiopia and more. The summer of 2018 she completed a
residency with her mentor El Anatsui at his studio in Nsukka, Nigeria. Tsedaye has a new
sculpture titled Aberash , a ten foot tall monument dedicated to black women and girls who
have died at the hands of state sanctioned violence in the United States or along their journey
to Europe that was recently exhibited at the National Gallery of Art and the August Wilson
Center. She is currently taking part in speaking engagements across the country connecting
migration and intersectional feminism.

In her upcoming performance on Saturday, June 22nd, Tsedaye will perform a piece in response to Hank Willis Thomas's work presented on the barge.