There is a unique and stunning photo exhibition currently on view that should not be missed.    “Between Heaven and Earth: A Journey Through Christian Ethiopia” is a photographic project commissioned by the British Council from the world-famous British photographer Nick Danziger. The photos (only shot in monochrome and then printed at a specialist lab) document the church communities of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. The project first began in 2007 when Ethiopia was celebrating its Millennium. The exhibition has since toured the world and been shown in London, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Nablus and Bethlehem as well as parts of Ethiopia.  17,000 men, women and children in Axum alone came to view the exhibition. 

To mark the British Council’s 70th anniversary in Ethiopia, Nick returned to Ethiopia to capture Orthodox Christian festivities in a new series of /wp-content/uploads/2013. This exhibition, hosted in partnership with Addis Ababa University’s Institute of Ethiopian Studies, projects a selection of this latest set of /wp-content/uploads/2013 on a loop – and is narrated by Nick himself as he recollects the story of his photographic journey. Nicks intention is to photograph additional church communities to conclude the project, culminating in an ultimate book, which will include all the photos taken since the original commission in 2007. 

His iconic pictures capture the essence of church life; administering at births, deaths and other ceremonies and displays the spiritual devotion and dedication of church members and pilgrims where often physical hardship and endurance is part of the religious process. Church communities profiled so far include Debre Libanos, Kulubi Gabriel, Debre Damo, Holy Trinity Cathedral and Bole Medhane Alem (Addis). This project has provided Nick with unprecedented entry and access into one of the world’s most ancient and revered Christian communities. 

Danziger comments: “My journey through Christian Ethiopia was extraordinary for its mystical intensity, for the adventure in travelling to rarely visited valleys and gaining access to places and ceremonies that had not previously been photographed.” 

The photographic journey through Orthodox Christian Ethiopia exhibition “Between Heaven and Earth” is available for all to view at the Addis Ababa University Institute of Ethiopian Studies until April 2016.

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