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.
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