Renowned photographer Aida Muluneh showcased her first solo exhibition at Asni Gallery on Monday March 12, 2012. The exhibition called “Dreams and Delusions: Retrospective,” showed Aida’s pictures featured in her book “Ethiopia: Past/Forward” as well as her recent experimental work which mixes photography and drawings.
Her photographs displayed at Asni Gallery were in color as well as black and white. Aida dwells on issues of memory, identity, culture, dislocation, the self and “otherness”. The photographs featured at the exhibition were of people in everyday environments. She captures moments in people’s lives. Her work showed people sharing a meal in a shop, a little girl on a back sit of a car enjoying a lollipop, a young man in a barber shop and other ordinary people we see every day.
Her mixes of photography and drawings of beautiful patterns integrated with different colors were a hit at the exhibition. The photographs were being sold from 1,700 to 10,800 birr.
Aida Muluneh, director of the Modern Art Museum, GebreKristosDesta Center was born in Ethiopia in 1974. She graduated in film from Howard University, Washington D.C. in 2001. Aida is the recipient of the 2007 European Union Prize of the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, in Bamako, Mali and winner of the 2010 CRAF International Award of Photography in Spilimbergo, Italy.
Aida’s works are found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Biblical Art, New York. Aida has exhibited her works in Belgium, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mali, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, South Africa, the UAE and USA.
The exhibition will stay open for the public until March 31.