Aïda Muluneh, Strength in Honor, 2016 From the series The World is 9 © Aïda Muluneh
Aïda Muluneh: On the Edge of Past Future
Feb 1 – Apr 14, 2024
Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
Frankfurt, Germany

With vibrant colours and an extraordinary visual language, the artist Aïda Muluneh advocates awareness for currently urgent issues such as the unequal distribution of access to water, food and education, the abuse of power and the empowerment of women. Under the title Aïda Muluneh. On The Edge Of Past Future, the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (FFF) is showing seven series of works by the Ethiopian photo artist from the past ten years.

Aïda Muluneh expresses her critical concerns with artistic vitality, surreal nuances and thought-provoking soul-searching. Her pictures are visual narratives; they have a cinematic character in that she constructs sceneries on location in real landscapes or unique interiors.

Aïda Muluneh was born in Addis Ababa/Ethiopia in 1974, grew up in Yemen, England and Canada after her family fled the civil war in Ethiopia and studied communication with a focus on film at Howard University, Washington, D.C. in the USA. She is considered an advocate and leading voice of the African photography community and its global representation. Muluneh is the founder and director of Addis Foto Fest, East Africa’s first international photo festival, as well as Africa Foto Fair (AFF) in Ivory Coast, where she also lives. Her works have been awarded internationally and are represented in numerous museum collections. Her series The Road of Glory was created as an exhibition for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

Aïda Muluneh. On The Edge Of Past Future is the artist’s most comprehensive solo show in Europe to date. It was curated by Celina Lunsford, artistic director, and Andrea Horvay, co-curator of the FFF. The exhibition opens the 40th anniversary year of the FFF at the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt.

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