Elias Sime
Tracy L. Adler
with contributions from Meskerem Assegued, Karen Milbourne, Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, 2020

Publisher: Prestel

ISBN: 978-3791358819

Dimensions: 29.5 x 26.2 cm | 11 5/8 x 10 1/4 in

Pages: 192

A first-ever monograph featuring the work of the Ethiopian artist Elias Sime, who brilliantly explores the impact of life in a post-consumerist world.


Sime's brightly-colored sculptural tableaus feature found objects including thread, buttons, electrical wires, and computer detritus. This book highlights the artist's work from the last decade, much of which comprises the series entitled "Tightrope." Repurposing salvaged electronic components, such as circuits and keyboards, Sime incorporates the refuse that are the byproducts of technological advancement, and points to the urgency of sustainability. The resulting abstractions reference landscape and the figure as well as traditional Ethiopian textiles. "Tightrope" refers to the precarious balance between the progress technology has made possible and its detrimental impact on the environment.

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