Join us for the opening night of The Memory of Hope, Nov 8th from 7pm onward. The artist will be introducing the work in the gallery space at 8pm.
Presenting a new body of work, Ethiopian photographer Aida Muluneh examines the memory of hope, a distant mirage in the desert of optimism that once defined her youth. With liberal expectations, she sought validation along righteous paths, yet the reality she discovered with age was one that reflected the darker side of humanity.
Consistent with her previous work, The Memory of Hope makes use of vibrant colors and traditional patterns passed down within distinct Ethiopian communities. Muluneh transforms the women in her compositions to create allegorical characters who, with painted faces, draw attention to the personas we adopt in order to hide our true intentions.
About the Artist
Born in Ethiopia, Aida Muluneh studied in Washington D.C. before working as a photojournalist for the Washington Post among a variety of international publications. As an exhibiting artist, Aida’s work has been shown in South Africa, Mali, Senegal, Egypt, Canada, United States of America, France, Germany, England, and China. Her images can be found in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Hood Museum and the Museum of Biblical Art in the United States, and she will be featured in a group exhibition at the MoMA entitled Being: New Photography 2018.