Your Concise New York Art Guide for January 2022

Hana Yilma Godine: A Hair Salon in Addis Ababa
Cassie Packard, Hyperallergic, January 2, 2022


When: January 19–March 5
Where: Rachel Uffner Gallery (170 Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan) and Fridman Gallery (169 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan)


In this two-venue solo show, Hana Yilma Godine combines collaged traditional fabric and layers of paint in bold, flat works inspired by her metropolitan hometown of Addis Ababa. Godine imbues everyday scenes with a vital spark: women gathering in hair salons and unpeopled domestic interiors alike brim with colors, patterns, and plants. The artist gets fantastical, too; in one work, a bee seems to alight upon a woman’s protruding tongue, which is patterned to resemble the Ethiopian flag.