Title’s contemporary Alexander ‘Separate’ Boghossian was set up in London and Paris and was the foremost contemporary African skilled worker to be assembled by the Muse d’Art Moderne in Paris (1963) and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1965). He moved back to Ethiopia in 1966 and prepared at the School of Fine Arts in Addis Ababa (later renamed Sunder Boghossian College of Performing and Visual Arts). Sounder moved to the USA in 1970, where he trained at the Atlanta Center for Black Art and the Howard University from 1972. Exactly when the regular war began in Ethiopia in 1974, Sounder could by and by don’t return and lived irritated abroad until his passing in 2003.
As a youth in Europe, Sunder had seen from far away the completion of Italian expansionism and British association in Eritrea, and its union with Ethiopia in 1950. Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie separated the Eritrean parliament and added the area in 1962, and the accompanying Eritrean War for Independence persevered through 30 years against reformist Ethiopian governments until 1991 when the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front finally squashed the Ethiopian forces in Eritrea.
As a skilled worker living in a condition of expulsion for more than 20 years around at that point, Sounder would have followed news about Ethiopia and its neighbor eagerly, including the congruity talks that happened in his accepted home city Washington DC in mid-1991. It was in this setting that he painted Split, meaning the split between the two countries, before opportunity being officially articulated by UN-coordinated decision in mid-1993. Just a brief time afterward, in 1998, a limit question incited the Eritrean–Ethiopian War, which legitimately went on until June 2000. Nevertheless, the two countries remained unpleasant until this year, when a détente between the two nations was embraced on 8 July 2018.