Colonel's Mirror (2016) Colonel's Mirror, 12 min. 2-channel HD video installation. In one of my collaborations with Ethiopian citizens inspired by the novel Oromaye, I worked with Bereket, a mechanic living in Addis Ababa but originally from Asmara. Perhaps because of his Eritrean identity, or perhaps because of his intimidating physical stature, he has been suspected for some time of betraying his country. As a result, he can relate to Baalu Girma, who was also persecuted by a corrupt authority. I have staged him in scenes from the novel and also interviewed him both in and out of character. This scene blends various elements together including fiction and biography, past and present, film and literature, and political dissent and art.