The Burial of Emperor Haile Selassie: Photographs by Peter Marlow
22 April – 21 November 2010, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, United Kingdom
When Emperor Haile Selassie was finally buried in Addis Ababa in 2000, twenty-five years after his death, only a few European journalists were there to witness it. Renowned Magnum photographer Peter Marlow was among them. The 21 photographs in this exhibition document a remarkable event in recent Ethiopian history, one that provoked fresh debate about both Haile Selassie and Ethiopia’s troubled political history. Marlow’s photographs explore the tensions between royal, state and religious hierarchies that surrounded the ceremony, as well as more personal expressions of loyalty by some of the participants.