This post is going to be a bit bitter. As I was writing last time, there are some irritating disturbances we are dealing with lately. Preparations for the building permit take not only time, patience but also A LOT OF PAPER, hehe. Before Ethiopia I have seen blueprints only in the movies. The production process itself is quite simple- first of all, drawings have to be printed on the transparent paper, then a special scanner changes the black lines into navy blue and the rest into violet. It’s important to find a printing company that doesn’t safe the chemicals, otherwise the prints are illegible and can be thrown away. In case the files are too big or there is a half- day- long lunch break, the shop runs out of electricity/ paper/ time/ will to continue working (all and much more happened to us!) then it’s time to find another shop, and then another and another…. If the shops didn’t have to habit of disappearing regularly we could gladly make a print shops map of Addis :)
Blueprints can not be copied and that’s the goal of all this hassle…. I wish! It is a common practice to steal the projects and resell them later. Knowing that our files were divided and printed in a few places. We were still surprised when after unsuccessful printing on the 5th floor we went to another shop on the 7th floor to found pieces of our drawings lying all over the place! Neither owner was able to explain how that happen ;)

In the meantime, one of my pictures I took in Lalibela was being printed as a wedding present. Two days of waiting turned into a week. Every time we appeared in the print shop the amharic discussions between the workers had something to do with 2, not 1 prints. Just in case we made sure to be there for the delivery… and BINGO! They also ordered one for themselves- because ‘it’s so pretty’ and they want to have a souvenir ;) So in case you see a postcard like that you know what to think ;) By the way- do you like it?


FILMing Disappearing Spaces.

Informal settlements in Addis Ababa disappear very quickly from the city map.Why do their inhabitants don’t want to move from those tiny houses to the newly build condominiums? The movie is our research on this phenomenon.

I confess – I am fascinated with Addis’ SLUM, which is so much not like the ones I have seen in Rio or Shanghai. Here, instead of a “cradle of violence and pathology”, we experience a day with a kind and hospitable society. Majority work or study, all have dreams, plans, which very often come true. 24h, a day with a typical family from a tiny housing unit, called “Kebele”, not only gave a lot to think about but also stared the whole research series with a similar scheme.

Urban submission.

Uff, mid-term presentations are over. Padam ze zmęczenia, więc najpierw relaks, później tekst :) C ya soon!

Uczelnia o poranku.

Żeby dotrzeć na uczelnię przed 8:00 muszę wstać o 6 rano, czyli o 4 polskiego czasu!  Już się przyzwyczaiłam, ale nie była to łatwa sztuka. Na szczęście (?) o tej samej porze budzi się cała okolica, więc nie sposób spać dłużej. Podejrzewam, że sąsiad obok ma hobby- codziennie próbuje zamknąć swoją metalową bramę głośniej niż poprzedniego dnia. Sąsiadka z drugiej strony bije rekordy w ilości odpalania silnika chyba najgorszego rzęcha jakiego w życiu widziałam (i słyszałam- o matko!!). No i nasi niezastąpieni sprzedawcy mioteł. Codziennie zastanawiam się co okrzyki “Ijjjjjjjjie” oznaczają. Może kijjjjjjjie….do miotły ;) Jakieś sugestie?