My name is Alexandra Kihwa Endale Mitiku.
For symbolic reasons, I use my middle name, Kihwa-Endale, when I introduce myself as an artist.
My art is rooted in my ancestry, spirituality, social issues, myths, hermetism,
and most importantly, they are rooted in Love.
I am a part-Korean, part-Ethiopian gemini and creative expression is how I understand the world Around, as well as the one Inside of me. Cliche, but it holds true.
I use transparent and reflective surfaces for my conceptual paintings so that the viewer becomes an essential part of the work. Through their movements they bring the portraits to life.
Although mainly expressing visually through conceptual paintings and moving image, there is a place of refuge with spoken word – when there are themes that cannot fully be translated into visual art.
Every piece that is created hopes to pull the viewer into a visceral world, where the audience is inspired by their own compassion.
|Internships & Work practice
Assistant / Prainha Residência Artística
General maintenance and assisting other artists in residence
Itanhaem, Sao Paolo, Brazil
April – May 2019
Workshop organizer/ Tate exchange Program
Planning and setting up workshop with a group, installing video exhibition, social media promotion
London, United Kingdom
Exhibition Guard / Tampereen Taidemuseo
Guarding the paintings, helping visitors
July – August 2017
Assistant for Finlayson Art Area project / Himmelblau
Painting the area
Assistant/ AKart Agency
Installation of exhibition, editing text, research
June – August New York, USA
Media & Fine Art Bachelor’s Degree
2014 – 2018, Finland
2021 Hands Up, Taidegalleria Albert IX, Helsinki
2018 Maailmantango Festival,
2018 6th Moscow International Biennale for young art,
2018 Hot Futures, Himmelblau, Tampere
2018 Video screening ‘25 times’,
Reading Assembly Tate Exchange Program, Tate Modern, London
2017 Pidgin, Yogiga Gallery, Seoul
2017 Elusive Matters, Uulu Kulttuurikeskus, Tampere
2017 Elusive Matters – pop-up, Pyynikin Trikoo, Tampere
2016 Desire: Double Edged Sword, Nykyaika, Tampere
2016 Desire: Double Edged Sword, OCAD, Toronto
2015 Desire: Double Edged Sword, Bethanian, Berlin
2015 Fleeting Spaces, Rajatila, Tampere
2013 Veeran Verstas Taidenäyttely, Veeran Verstas, Oulu
2019 Prainha Residência Artística, Itanhaem, Brazil