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In the final chapter of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, a celebrated literary work published in the 1972, which is presented as a sequence of imaginary dialogue between a Venetian traveler Marco Polo and the Tartar emperor Kublai Khan, the narrator Marco Polo describes the city of Berenice to the great Kublai Khan as product of two opposing yet integral aspects of a city. On the surface, the visible Berenice, unjust and cruel to residents; while the hidden Berenice embodies just and complex network that keeps the city running smoothly. Similar to Calvino’s tale of marvelous cities which makes the imagination wonder, another tale of a city, more familiar, and far more close to truth, has been told this week.
Two photography exhibitions that tell a visual story of Addis Ababa graced the white walls of Alliance Ethio –Française and Goethe Institute this week.
The first, Building Addis Ababa, was by a veteran French photographer Emmanuel Benoit. His series of portraits of young men in Addis Ababa question identity in the ever-changing face of this city. Benoit, an aeronautical engineer and frequent traveler around the world, develops portraits that question multiple identities. The exhibition consisted of large black and white photographs and large product sheets. He had traveled to various locations around the city taking these portraits without use of artificial lighting.