TalkAbout: the meaning wavers

Betelhem Makonnen and Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez
Sat Jan 4, 2020

Join us for a lively conversation in the gallery about the exhibition, the meaning wavers, with artists Betelhem Makonnen and Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez and other special guests.

TalkAbout is a program that facilitates casual conversations with artists and the people who inspire them.

Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez is a Salvadoran-American artist from Prince George’s County, Maryland. She received her BFA at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and her MFA at The University of Texas at Austin. Ramirez currently works and lives in League City, Texas. Ramirez’ practice combines the language of photography with site-specific installations and text. Her work is based on notions of memory, personal and historical amnesia that trace the veins of the Central American diaspora.
A native of Ethiopia, Betelhem Makonnen currently lives in Austin, Texas. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; completed graduate coursework at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro; and holds a BA in History and Literature of the African Diaspora from The University of Texas at Austin. Working with video, photography and installations, Makonnen researches questions on perception, presence and place as they relate to her diasporic consciousness. Makonnen is also a curator at Fusebox Festival and co-founder of the Black Mountain Project art collaborative.