On June 24, 2020, The Africa Institute hosted a live webinar featuring Ethiopian artist Aïda Muluneh in conversation with our director and curator Salah M. Hassan. The webinar discusses the artist’s personal work and photography career. Aïda is the founder and director of the Addis Foto Fest (AFF), the first international photography festival in East Africa. Launched in 2010 in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, AFF celebrates and showcases contemporary photography and photographers from around the African continent.

The webinar followed the successful launch of the virtual tour of Aïda Muluneh’s exhibition HomeBound: A Journey in Photography at the Sharjah Art Museum, which was organized in collaboration with the Sharjah Art Foundation. The exhibition, conceived in two parts, was curated by Salah M. Hassan with Sataan Al-Hassan as associate curator. Aïda Muluneh’s Homebound: A Journey in Photography chronicles Muluneh’s journey as an artist and a photojournalist, and her multiple contributions to imaging and image-making in photographic-based works since her return to her homeland Ethiopia in 2007, after years of living, studying and practicing in North America. The exhibition focuses on a select number of works produced by the artist as series with thematic foci that exemplify Muluneh’s interest in several issues that range from history, identity, politics, home, and the current environmental and climate crisis. The exhibition also includes a selection of Muluneh’s earlier photojournalistic work, when she served as a photographer for the American daily newspaper The Washington Post. The second part, Addis Foto Fest: Nine Years Survey, is curated by the artist Aïda Muluneh reflecting on her journey as a founder and director of Addis Foto Fest (AFF).

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Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Aïda left the country at a young age and spent an itinerant childhood between Yemen and England. Graduating with a degree from the Communication Department with a major in Film from Howard University in Washington D.C, Aïda went on to work as a photojournalist at the Washington Post in addition to several other international publications.

Aïda’s work has been exhibited across the globe, including South Africa, Mali, Senegal, Egypt, Canada, United States of America, France, Germany, England, Norway and China. A collection of her images can be found in the permanent collection at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Hood Museum, and The RISD Museum of Art and the Museum of Biblical Art in the United States. She is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, in Bamako, Mali, the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of Photography in Spilimbergo, Italy, Winner of 2020 The Royal Photographic Society Curatorship award, and 2018

On June 24, 2020, The Africa Institute hosted a live webinar featuring Ethiopian artist Aïda Muluneh in conversation with our director and curator Salah M. Hassan. The webinar discusses the artist’s personal work and photography career. Aïda is the founder and director of the Addis Foto Fest (AFF), the first international photography festival in East Africa. Launched in 2010 in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, AFF celebrates and showcases contemporary photography and photographers from around the African continent.

On June 24, 2020, The Africa Institute hosted a live webinar featuring Ethiopian artist Aïda Muluneh in conversation with our director and curator Salah M. Hassan. The webinar discusses the artist’s personal work and photography career. Aïda is the founder and director of the Addis Foto Fest (AFF), the first international photography festival in East Africa. Launched in 2010 in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, AFF celebrates and showcases contemporary photography and photographers from around the African continent.

The webinar followed the successful launch of the virtual tour of Aïda Muluneh’s exhibition HomeBound: A Journey in Photography at the Sharjah Art Museum, which was organized in collaboration with the Sharjah Art Foundation. The exhibition, conceived in two parts, was curated by Salah M. Hassan with Sataan Al-Hassan as associate curator. Aïda Muluneh’s Homebound: A Journey in Photography chronicles Muluneh’s journey as an artist and a photojournalist, and her multiple contributions to imaging and image-making in photographic-based works since her return to her homeland Ethiopia in 2007, after years of living, studying and practicing in North America. The exhibition focuses on a select number of works produced by the artist as series with thematic foci that exemplify Muluneh’s interest in several issues that range from history, identity, politics, home, and the current environmental and climate crisis. The exhibition also includes a selection of Muluneh’s earlier photojournalistic work, when she served as a photographer for the American daily newspaper The Washington Post. The second part, Addis Foto Fest: Nine Years Survey, is curated by the artist Aïda Muluneh reflecting on her journey as a founder and director of Addis Foto Fest (AFF).

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More about the artist

Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Aïda left the country at a young age and spent an itinerant childhood between Yemen and England. Graduating with a degree from the Communication Department with a major in Film from Howard University in Washington D.C, Aïda went on to work as a photojournalist at the Washington Post in addition to several other international publications.

Aïda’s work has been exhibited across the globe, including South Africa, Mali, Senegal, Egypt, Canada, United States of America, France, Germany, England, Norway and China. A collection of her images can be found in the permanent collection at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Hood Museum, and The RISD Museum of Art and the Museum of Biblical Art in the United States. She is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, in Bamako, Mali, the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of Photography in Spilimbergo, Italy, Winner of 2020 The Royal Photographic Society Curatorship award, and 2018

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