Today, I will talk about Aida Muluneh, Ethiopian photographer and contemporary artist.
Zoom on... Aida Muluneh
Born in 1974, Aida Muluneh is an Ethiopian photographer and a contemporary artist. She spent much of her childhood between Yemen, Cyprus and England, before joining Canada and the United States for her studies.
Upon graduating from Howard University in Washington in 2000, she has been a photojournalist notably for the Washington Post. In 2004, her artwork enters the permanent collection of the prestigious Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of African Art.
In 2007, she won the European Union Prize at the Bamako photography meetings.
Her ambition is to have an African eye view to Africa. She returned to Ethiopia, after 28 years of absence, and founded the festival Addis Foto Fest, a first in East Africa. The idea is to bring together African-American photographers and Africans, and to encourage Ethiopian photographers to appropriate the story of their country.
I was touched by her surrealist portraits and by the body painting women with symbolic stagings and bright colors that catch the eye.
Here is a small selection of Aida Muluneh's artworks: