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Q+A with Betelhem Makonnen and Adrian Aguilera by Neon Queen Jessi

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An artist-run cooperative gallery space, ICOSA, features an eclectic mix of twenty artists working in a diverse range of styles. Since their first exhibition in April 2016, ICOSA has put on nine two-person exhibitions. The most recent being Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen’s yo soy aquí/ i am here, on view at ICOSA until October 29, 2017. From Monterrey, Mexico and Addis Adeba, Ethiopia respectively, Aguilera and Makonnen’s conceptually rigorous show engages the experience of trans-national identity through a “spatial and ontological exploration of our relationship to here.” Sitting in the center of the gallery discussing the show, the three of us got excited about space, time travel, rocks, multiple perspectives and the relational nature of identity.

Read the interview on Conflict of Interest here!