Photography In Ethiopia Talk By Aida Muluneh



About Aida Muluneh (Founder/Managing

Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Aïda left the
country at a young age and spent an
itinerant childhood between Yemen and
England. After several years in a boarding
school in Cyprus, she finally settled in Canada
in 1985. In 2000, she graduated with a degree
from the Communication Department with a
major in Film from Howard University in
Washington D.C. After graduation she
worked as a photojournalist at the Washington
Post, however her work can be found in
several international publications.
Also as an exhibiting artist, Aida’s work has
been shown in South Africa, Mali, Senegal,
Egypt, Canada, United States of America,
France, Germany, England, China, to name a
few countries. A collection of her images can
be found in the permanent collection at the
Smithsonian’s National Museum of African
Art, Hood Museum and the Museum of
Biblical Art in the United State. She is the
2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in
the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie,
in Bamako, Mali. As well as the 2010 winner
of the CRAF International Award of
Photography in Spilimbergo, Italy.
As one of the leading experts on photography
from Africa, she has been a jury member on
several photography competitions most

notably the Sony World Photography Awards
2017 and the World Press Photo Contest
2017. She has also been on various panel
discussions on photography in events such as
African Union cultural summit, Art Basel and
Tedx/Johannesburg. Aida is the founder and
director of the Addis Foto Fest (AFF), the first
international photography festival in East
Africa hosted since 2010 in the city of Addis
Ababa. She continues to educate, curate and
develop cultural projects with local and
international institutions through her company
DESTA (Developing and Educating Society
Through Art) For Africa Creative Consulting
PLC (DFA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Description of the talk:
-A short introduction in regards to my
background as it relates to the reasons why I
got into photography and also having been
influenced/mentored by African-American
photographers. This experience has taught me
the global realities of the image of black
people, regardless of location. I will also talk
about my motivation in regards to changing
the image of Ethiopia and how the world is
still stuck on the images of the 80's. This is
not to say that we don't have problems but my
main objective is to balance the image of

-Next will be the establishment of DFA
(Desta For Africa), which is a company
working in images, education,
communication, cultural productions and
cultural diplomacy. It is more of a social
entrepreneurship company that works with
government and cultural institutions. The
importance for me is the belief that in
development we also need to include culture
as one of the tools.
-This will lead into teaching photography in
Ethiopia and about how that led to
establishing of the Addis Foto Fest. For me it
wasn't just about education on the techniques
of photography but also on seeing images
from around the world. I will talk about why it
was important to build an international
photography festival instead of an African
festival. And background about Photography
in Ethiopia
-In regards to some topics that I would be
interesting in talking about in the discussion,
would be the challenges of developing the
creative industry and also foreign funding as it
relates to cultural activities in Africa.

Date :Wednesday 27th of December 2017 from 6 pm till 8

For attendance please fill the registration form: 

*The talk will be carried out in English

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