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Fridman Gallery Announces New International Artist Residency

Ethiopian Artist Hana Yilma Godine Chosen as Inaugural Resident 

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Hana Yilma Godine. Photo by Nathanale Taye.

Fridman Gallery is pleased to announce a new artist residency at the gallery’s location in Beacon, NY. The first artist-in-residence will be the Ethiopian painter Hana Yilma Godine, who will live and work in a loft adjacent to the gallery in January – April  2022. The residency will coincide with the January 19, 2022 opening of Godine’s second US solo exhibition at Fridman Gallery’s Manhattan location and, simultaneously, at Rachel Uffner Gallery.

Reflecting Fridman Gallery’s commitment to representing interdisciplinary artists from around the world and fostering research-based experimental art practices, the residency will provide an opportunity for international artists to spend several months living and working in New York’s Hudson Valley region. The second artist-in-residence will be Alina Grasmann from Germany, whose residency in the spring of 2022 will culminate in a solo exhibition at Fridman Gallery’s Beacon location. Additional artists will be selected by invitation. The residency program will strive to inspire the visiting artists and the local community through events such as artist talks and open studios.


Hana Yilma Godine's work is influenced by observations of her surroundings and social structures during her upbringing in the multicultural metropolis of Addis Ababa, and while traveling and studying in Europe and the United States. Her practice focuses on women, through the lenses of their bodies and their societal roles. Godine thinks about painting as a space that mediates time and place, reconciling the past, present, and future into one unified form.


Hana Yilma Godine received an MFA from Boston University in 2020, having previously studied at Casa Da Zhventude de Ourence, Spain; the Abyssinia School of Fine Art and Design, and the Ale School of Fine Art and Design, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where her principal teacher was the modernist master Tadesse Mesfin. Godine’s first U.S. solo exhibition, Spaces within Space, opened at Fridman Gallery in September 2020. Her first institutional exhibition took place at the National Museum of Ethiopia in the spring of 2021. 

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