Cinema Lada

  • Addis Ababa, Berlin, 2015 – ongoing
  • Mobile Installation


Cinema Lada began as an open-air cinema at the Modern Art Museum, Addis Ababa in 2015. It made a second appearance during the Festival in the immediate vicinity of the Hamburger Bahnhof and will continue its journey afterwards.

The Lada, a 30-year-old car model often seen as blue and white taxis, dominates the streets of Addis Ababa, one of the most populated cities in Africa. In Germany the Lada is a rare sight. The Lada Zhiguli recalls a specific time in the history of Germany as it does in Ethiopia, a shared history across the two continents. Socialist Ethiopia was in close contact with Eastern Bloc countries, especially the USSR and East Germany. Large monuments still stand in Addis Ababa as a testimony of this time, such as an oversized Karl Marx bust from Germany in front of the Addis Ababa University. The Lada could be seen as the last living monument of that past though Toyota models are slowly displacing the fleet.

Cinema Lada will be an ambassador and an installation at the same time, bringing together African and European artists. The film program for Cinema Lada features works from a variety of international artists connected in that the artist features as the performer: an actor in the public domain and an interventionist in his or her own film confronting different realities and challenging the norms of public space.

The project is an collaboration with Robel Temesgen.

Participating artists: Jelili Atiku (Nigeria), Yacob Bizuneh (Ethiopia), Rehema Chachage (Tanzania), Henok Getachew (Ethiopia), Martha Haile (Ethiopia), Norgard Kröger (Germany), Syowia Kyambi (Kenya), Naod Lemma (Ethiopia), Adrien Missika (France), Ahmet Öğüt (Turkey), Ruth Proctor (UK), Eva Vuillemin (Swiss), Wermke-Leinkauf (Germany), Helen Zeru (Ethiopia)


  • Berlin photographies by Yero Adugna Eticha