Originally from Ethiopia, Eyakem Gulilat’s work is rooted in a quest for belonging. Gulilat focuses on the complexities of cross-cultural encounter, perceptions of time, memory, and place. His photography questions the differences between subject and photographer; the borders that distinguish us from one another; and the ways our perceptions shift when we view each other through the camera’s lens. Gulilat obtained a BA from Abilene Christian University and MFA from the University of Oklahoma. He was selected as an artist in residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon; and at Hardesty Art Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gulilat has won several awards including the 2012 National Endowment for the Arts grant in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa; the Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowship; and the National Photography Fellowship Competition at Midwest Center for Photography. His photography work has been exhibited throughout the U.S and in Canada and has been acquired for private and public collections.