Salem Mekuria

smekuria@wellesley.edu

(781) 283-2185
Art
B.A., Macalester College; M.A., San Francisco State University



Salem Mekuria
Professor of Art

Independent film producer, writer, director and video installation artist who teaches film history and video production.


Salem Mekuria is the Luella LaMer Professor of Women’s Studies in the Art Department at Wellesley College. She is also an independent writer, producer, director, videographer, and a video installation artist. Her award winning documentary films and video installations feature Ethiopian subjects and have been shown internationally. Among the numerous honors she has received are: a Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2005-06; Fulbright Scholar award, 2003-04; The New England Media Fellowship, 2001; the Rockefeller Foundation's Intercultural Media Fellowship, 1995; Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest International Artists Residency Fellowship in 1993; a fellowship at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, Harvard University, 1990-92; the Massachusetts Artists Foundation Award in 1991.

Her works include:

"SQUARE STORIES" (2010) Triptych Video Installation re-members Maskal Square, a massive concrete expanse and the largest public space in Addis Ababa, as a site of commemoration, offering it as a way of witnessing multiple, fragmentary histories of Ethiopia’s present and recent past.

"IMAGinING TOBIA" (2006, 2007) Triptych Video Installations exploring Ethiopian cultural and physical landscapes.

"RUPTURES: A Many-Sided Story" (2003) a Triptych Video Installation Exhibited at the 50th. Venice Biennale, Italy.

"YE WONZ MAIBEL" (DELUGE) (1997) a one hour personal essay on history, conflict, loss and reconciliation. Told through a first person narrative it explores the momentous events which took place in Ethiopia between 1974 and 1991.

"SIDET: Forced Exile" (1991) a one hour film documentary portrait of three Ethiopian/Eritrean refugee women in the Sudan. It was filmed on location in the Sudan and was completed in 1991.

"AS I REMEMBER IT", A Portrait of Dorothy West (1991) is a 56 minutes portrait of the late Harlem Renaissance writer, Dorothy West. It was broadcast on WGBH Public Television in Boston in September, 1991.

"OUR PLACE IN THE SUN" (1988) a 30 minutes video portrait of the Black community on Martha's Vineyard Island. Broadcast on WGBH-TV in February, 1988, and was nominated for an Emmy.