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Hana Yilma Godine

Substance in Ethiopia

April 16 – May 29, 2022

Opening Reception
Saturday, April 16

4–7 pm


Hana Yilma Godine
Substance in Ethiopia 1
Oil, fabric and acrylic on canvas
157 x 55 inches


Hana Yilma Godine
Substance in Ethiopia 2
Oil, fabric and acrylic on canvas,
155 x 55 inches


Hana Yilma Godine: Substance in Ethiopia

by Charles Moore

The Brooklyn Rail

May, 2022


Hana Yilma Godine’s Paintings Depict Ethiopian Traditions with Modern Style and Flair

by Taylor Michael


March 3, 2022

Hana Yilma Godine Imagines Scenes of Transcendent Repose

by Ryan Wadduops


February 23, 2022

A New Art Show Looks at the Role of Women in Ethiopia

by Kerry Nolan


February 3, 2022

Painter Hana Yilma Godine Uses Ethiopian Textiles to Construct Fantastical Compositions of Women in Repose

by Julia Halperin

artnet news

February 1, 2022

Your Concise New York Art Guide for January 2022

by Cassie Packard


January 2, 2022


Must See: "Hair Salon in Addis Ababa" at Fridman Gallery


January 27, 2022

Fridman Gallery is honored to announce Hana Yima Godine’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, presenting new works created over the past three months at the gallery’s artist residency in Beacon, NY. 

Godine’s use of flattened perspective, elongated figures, and evenly distributed light recalls Ethiopian iconography which underscores the divinity of biblical subjects by rejecting rules of earthly representation. At the same time, Godine’s works are firmly grounded in reality – she paints on traditional Ethiopian fabrics which women typically source at the local market and turn into affordable dresses. Godine weaves her brushstrokes in and around the fabric print, at times leaving the flowery patterns untouched, at times letting them glimmer through the painted layers.

Combining traditional materials with bold compositions and color schemes, the paintings appear to time-travel, offering a futuristic worldview based in spirit, community, care, and hope.


Selam (Australopithecus afarensis) is a female who lived 3.3 million years ago, the earliest human ancestral fossil found in Dikika, Ethiopia in 2000. Thus, Ethiopia is the likely place of origin of the human race and of the body. In my paintings, fabric as a material is a metaphor for the fabric of life, reflecting the multiple fashions, languages, religions, and celebrations in Ethiopia.


Experimenting with the body as a substance creates a connection that nature, weather, environmental phenomenon, and culture have with love embodied in us. 


– Hana Yilma Godine

Hana Yilma Godine received an MFA from Boston University in 2020, having previously studied at the Abyssinia School of Fine Art and Design, and the Ale School of Fine Art in Addis Ababa. Godine’s first institutional exhibition took place at the National Museum of Ethiopia in the Spring of 2021. Earlier this year, a two-venue solo exhibition A Hair Salon in Addis Ababa was presented simultaneously at Fridman Gallery and Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York City. Godine has spent the past three months at Fridman Gallery’s newly launched artist residency in Beacon, NY. She lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

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Hana Yilma Godine
Substance in Ethiopia 3
Oil, fabric and acrylic on canvas
120 x 108 inches

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