Art Department Lecture: Past/Forward: Photography in Ethiopia, Aida Muluneh

Thursday, April 23, 2015, - 4/21/15 12:30 a.m.
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Olin 1, William D. Adams Gallery, Museum Lobby


Aida Muluneh, Ethiopian photographer and artist, will kick off the Photography and Migration Conference with a lecture on Thursday, April 23 in Olin 1, followed by a reception in the Museum Lobby.

Abstract: Photography in Ethiopia has been around since the turn of the twentieth century; in fact, it is said that the first photographer of the land was Emperor Menelik II, who was keen on bringing new technologies into the country. When we look at image production and also the promotion of Ethiopia through images, however, we have to question the over-saturation of foreign photographers who have documented the country at different moments in its history. Looking at the growing photography market in Ethiopia that is based on studio and wedding photography has not correlated to increased visibility of photographers from Ethiopia. Therefore, this lecture is based on looking at trends of the past as well as future prospects regarding the development of photography in Ethiopia.

More information on symposium events here.

Aida Muluneh, "The 99 Series" Part One, 2014, Photography with hand drawing inserted and body paint, 80 x 80 cm

Aida Muluneh, “The 99 Series” Part One, 2014, Photography with hand drawing inserted and body paint, 80 x 80 cm

Aida Muluneh, "The 99 Series" Part One, 2014, Photography with hand drawing inserted and body paint, 80 x 80 cm

Aida Muluneh, “The 99 Series” Part Two, 2014, Photography with hand drawing inserted and body paint, 80 x 80 cm

The opening of  the Addis Foto Fest exhibitions "Visual Migrations", "The Asian Collection", and the "IndiAfrica" photo competition collection at the Ale School of Art and Design" of Addis Ababa University. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. photo by Johnette Iris Stubbs

The opening of the Addis Foto Fest exhibitions “Visual Migrations”, “The Asian Collection”, and the “IndiAfrica” photo competition collection at the Ale School of Art and Design” of Addis Ababa University. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. photo by Johnette Iris Stubbs

The opening day of the Addis Foto Fest with the exhibition of "Visions of Africa", outdoor panels by 40 African photographers from 18 countries at the Sheraton in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. photo by Johnette Iris Stubbs

The opening day of the Addis Foto Fest with the exhibition of “Visions of Africa”, outdoor panels by 40 African photographers from 18 countries at the Sheraton in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. photo by Johnette Iris Stubbs

The Addis Foto Fest billboard on the bridge north of Meskal square, Addis Ababa Ethiopia. photo by Johnette Iris Stubbs

The Addis Foto Fest billboard on the bridge north of Meskal square, Addis Ababa Ethiopia. photo by Johnette Iris Stubbs

   


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