Zach Abubeker

Abubeker

I examine Ethiopian immigration into the United States to discuss issues of assimilation between Ethiopian and Western culture, and how my own identity is formed in the process. My interest in the Ethiopian community stems from an estranged relationship with my father, who emigrated from Ethiopia to the Midwest. By interacting with this commu- nity I have begun to relate the experience of people that I have met, to the experience my own father went through. I am experiencing different customs that I never did growing up.

However, my own vision of this process is obscured, as I have never been to Ethiopia and everything that I have learned has been through outside interpretation. By attempting to learn about Ethiopia from the United States I have dis- tanced myself from the ‘source’ of the culture. This however is what I am interested in, for the fact that so many things today are globalized; I wish to question the validity of what this different way of learning can actually offer.

The photographs speak about an experience derived from a specific group people, specific cultural objects, and how the experience and understanding changes within a different environment. Traditions experience change, the daily coffee ceremony in Ethiopian households is not as frequently practiced in the United States, but the ceremonial object remains to serve as a reminder of a past culture. I mean to explore these differences between the cultures, how certain ideas and customs are kept, but others are not. Exploring these aspects speaks to greater ideas about a global sense of cultural blending.

All images are available as either 24 x 24", pigment prints made in editions of 10, 10 and 5, respectively. Pieces range in price from $850 to $1200, depending on size.


 

Please call: (312) 266 - 2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

 
 
 
 

Zach Abubeker
Alemayheu, 2009
Zach Abubeker
Ayele, 2009
Zach Abubeker
Belt , 2009
Zach Abubeker
Box of Flags , 2009
Zach Abubeker
Erku, 2009
Zach Abubeker
Grass, 2009
Zach Abubeker
Lineage , 2008
Zach Abubeker
Mankala , 2008
Zach Abubeker
Red Wall , 2009