Tzadik Listening Session (Online Group Video Session – 3rd November 2020)October 7, 2020
The Exploding Appendix Annual Dada Cabaret and Christmas Party (Online Video Session – 15th December 2020)October 26, 2020
“In a very real way, the Ethiopian revolution was the only actual revolution produced by the wave of youth radicalization that swept Europe and North America in the 1960s. For all the red banners temporarily raised in Paris and Chicago, it was in Addis Ababa that they actually took root. The pro-westernism of Haile Selassie exposed the youth of an otherwise isolated, often anachronistic country to the cutting edge of radical ideas. The Ethiopian student movement fed off that new left’s excitement and its hunger for social liberation, and then applied what they learned when a conjunction of events opened up a previously scarcely imaginable opportunity. “
Ian Scott Horst, Like Ho Chi Minh! Like Che Guevara! The Revolutionary Left in Ethiopia, 1969-1979, p.15
In this session, we will be joined by lifelong revolutionary activist and writer, Ian Scott Horst to discuss his recent book, Like Ho Chi Minh! Like Che Guevara! The Revolutionary Left in Ethiopia (1969-1979). This book tells the story of the 1974 popular revolution of Ethiopia, exploring how events such as the American Civil Rights movement, the fight against imperialism in the Vietnam war, and figures such as Ho Chi Minh, Che Guevara, V. I. Lenin and Mao Zedong inspired Ethiopian revolutionaries. We will discuss both the hopes of a revolution as well as the “story of tragedy and betrayal as a revolutionary generation saw its dream of people’s power crushed by a left-talking military and the machinations of global superpowers.” (Horsh).
This session will be run as part of the Exploding Appendix Avant-garde Art Practice and Research Group’s fortnightly meetup, which will be taking place online via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7317698673?pwd=OTlBN3RzalBRMGh1TW9qSHNDWmptdz09). The meeting ID is 731 769 8673. The passcode is “go“. This session will be run by Bradley Tuck and take place on the 1st December 2020 from 19:30 – 22:30 (GMT). If you would like to join us for the session, or have any questions please message me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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