Our Mission

Project3541 is an artistic and educational endeavor that uses written, visual, and oral histories to provide an intimate perspective on the global and personal consequences of the 1935-41 Italo-Ethiopian War. Project3541 is a memory project and an act of reclamation that seeks to transcend the static nature of an archive. We aim to represent this period in history, with its complicated realities, through curriculum, exhibitions, and other creative platforms. We will work to highlight the questions that remain – and seek the answers that we can.

The Archive

Explore a collection of photographs shared by family members and loved ones of those who lived during the 1935-41 war between Ethiopia and Italy. The collection also includes images from the private collection of Maaza Mengiste, whose novel, The Shadow King, tells the story of this war and those who lived through it.