Born in 1974 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Aïda Muluneh is a photographer and cinematographer. Growing up between Yemen, England, Cyprus and Canada, she settled in Washington D.C, where she received a BA in Communications and Film from Howard University. She now lives and works in Addis Ababa, where she founded Desta For Africa PLC, an organization whose mission is to offer opportunities to African artists.
Her work focuses on the African diaspora, specifically women and the image of Africa, and has been shown across the world. Her work is also part of the Smithsonian Museum’s permanent collection in Washington, D.C. Additionally, she exhibited work at the Institut fançais, in Bamako, in 2015, and at The Modern Art Museum in Frankfurt, in 2014. Her work can also be seen in Toronto, Stuttgart, Berlin, Chicago and New York City.
In 2007, she received the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie in the Bamako Biennial and, in 2010, the CRAF International Award of Photography in Italy. In 2010, she founded Addis Foto Fest, the first international festival dedicated to photography in East Africa.
Darkness Give Way to Light (Chelema le berhane botawen seelek), 2015,
Printed on Hahnemühle photorag baryta, 120 x 120 cm,