by Ezra Wube

Animation | Ethiopia - USA | 2011 | 35mm | 3 min.

italian subtitles by EMM

sunday 8 july
ESTE, Accademia dell'Artigianato

Wenzu is a stop action animation using grains, salt, dirt and plants. In the story Mr. Hyena was standing and drinking from upstream and accuses Mis. Donkey who was drinking from down stream for dirtying the water.


Ezra Wube (Addis Abeba, Etiopia) moved to the United States at the age of 18. In 2003, Ezra was awarded the Massachusetts Annual Black Achievement Award and held his first one-person show at the Dreams of Freedom Museum in Boston, MA. In 2004, he received his Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art. Upon graduation, Ezra received a Dondis and Godine Travel Fellowship to conduct research in Ethiopia on folktales and traditional lore. In 2006, he held his second solo show "Story Telling", at the United Nations in NY, NY. The following year, Ezra was part of the "Ethiopian Millennium" art show at the Blackburn Gallery of Howard University in Washington, DC. In 2008, Ezra participated in "Reflections in Exile: Five Contemporary African Artists Respond to Social Injustice" at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasett, MA, "Here to There" at the South Seattle Community College in WA, Washington, and "Abyssinia to Harlem and Back" at the Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery in Ny, NY.In 2009, Ezra received the Pamela Joseph Art Scholarship while working on his Master's of Fine Arts thesis at Hunter College in New York. He also participated in "The Happening: Kinetics as Art Object" at the Rush Arts Gallery in NY, NY, "MA selects MFA" at Hunter College NY NY, "Freeze Frame" throughout Miami, Fl, and the Bina Film Festival in Ny, NY.In 2010, Ezra participated in a group art show at BAM in Brooklyn, NY. In 2011 Ezra particpated in "Art & the City", CologneOFF 2011 Morocco, "Swedenborg Short Film Festival", UK, "Videoart from Africa", CologneOFF 2011 Mexico City, "Art & the City: Mirrors", CologneOFF 2011 Rome "Istanbul Animation Festival", Istanbul, Turkey, "One Minute Africa", nominated "Where History Begins", Cairo, Egypt "International Black Film Festival", Nashville, USA, "Afrika in Motion Film Festival", UK, "Silicon Valley African Film Festival", Mountain View, CA, "Art & The City: Mirror1", CologneOFF 2011 Beirut "Ottawa Animation Festiva", Ottawa, Canada, "Under African Skies", Tria Gallery, NY, NY, "Paradoxes in Video", San Diego, CA, "Art & the City: A Gesture of Generosity", CologeOFF 2011 Madrid, Spain, "Stuttgart animation festival", Stuttgart, Germany, "DIGit 2011", Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY. "Media Wall", Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA, "Frame of Mind", Denver Colorado, "Art & the City", TimiShort - Film Festival Timisoara, Romania, "Exhibition LÚMEN_EX 2011", The Museum of Extremadura and Ibero American Contemporary Art (MEIAC) of Badajoz, Spain, "Memory and Process", Addis Atlier, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, "PVE: Performance Video Event", University of the Street, NY, NY, "The Video Show", Raritan Valley Community College, NJ. Ezra was an artist in resident at Château de la Napoule, France, CAC, Contemporary Artists Center, Woodside, Troy NY, and "The Substation", Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ezra Wube
voice: Tafesech Zeleke