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Girls, young ladies and old women in everyday life is what Aida Muluneh displays in her new Exhibition “So Long Letter” that opened on May 31st at TO.MO.CA gallery.
The gallery says that the pictures are, not just attractive, but also demand a humanistic identification of alternative views from the spectator. The photographs, be it the enfolded fingers of an old woman, a little girl riding a horse or young ladies going about their daily chores, all are filled with life and speak for themselves. Aida says that she sees the world in black and white and truth is either black or white. Human elements are exhibited through it. Black and white is the foundation and colors are tricky. “Whatever I use, my focus is capturing light,” she says. She also notes that countries such as Ethiopia are branded with an imbalance of reality and there is nothing as evidential as a photo. “So Long Letter” is the second solo show for the artist and she says it is inspired by one of her favorite books, “So Long a Letter”, by Senegalese writer Mariama Bâ.
Aida’s first exhibition was at Asni Gallery back in 2012. She displayed photographs mixed with drawings that confronted issues of identity, memory and dislocation.
Aida was born in Addis Ababa in 1974. She later attended high school in Canada where she studied photography. 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 was the winner of the 2010 CRAF International Award of Photography in Spilimbergo, Italy.
Aida’s works are found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. and the Museum of Biblical Art, New York. She has exhibited her works in Belgium, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mali and many other countries.