THE OROMAYE PROJECTS (2011- ) Winner of a 2015 Creative Capital Award and a 2014 LEF Foundation Grant In an Asmara hotel room in 1982, Ethiopian writer Baalu Girma secretly wrote Oromaye, a novel about the communist Ethiopian government’s “Red Star” campaign to defeat Eritrean opposition. Ten days after Girma quietly published Oromaye, government censors ordered it to be removed from all bookstores. Five months later, Baalu Girma disappeared, never to be heard from again. Oromaye is still read widely in Ethiopia today and the question of how to dissent continues to be a relevant one. This project explores the legacy of Baalu Girma and his fiction in light of contemporary Ethiopian culture, politics and literature. This multi-disciplinary project exists in several forms: photographs, videos, theater workshops, literary translations and a film. The Oromaye Projects includes: Scramble for the Sky (2016) Oromaye Workshops (2015-2016) Colonel's Mirror (2016) Chapter One (2012) Introduction (2012) The Actor (2012) The Preservation of Terror (2009) Previous manifestations of this project include: "One Needs to Listen to the Characters One Creates": Solo show at Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC "Fractured Narratives" Group show at Rollins College Museum of Art (Orlando, FL) and Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University (Muncie, IN) with Jenny Holzer, William Kentridge, Alfredo Jaar, Omer Fast, Maya Li, Dawoud Bey, Rivane Neuschwinder and Amar Kanwar "My Flesh and My Soul": Group show with Katrina Andry and Castillo at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. "Fiyameta's Letter": Collaborative performance with Hewan Simon at Smith College, Northhampton, Mass. Oromaye, Chapter One: Publication of a chapter of Oromaye in English, only the second-ever literary translation from Amharic into English.