Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Aida left the country at a young age and spent an itinerant childhood between Yemen and England. After several years in a boarding school in Cyprus, she settled in Canada in 1985. In 2000, she graduated with a major in Film from Howard University in Washington D.C. She then worked as a photojournalist for the Washington Post and contributed to several international publications.

As a visual artist Aida has exhibited extensively, including shows in South Africa, Mali, Senegal, Egypt, Canada, the United States, France, Germany, England, and China. A collection of 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 State. She is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, in Bamako, Mali. As well as the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of Photography in Spilimbergo, Italy.

As one of the leading experts on photography from Africa, she has been a jury member on several photography competitions most notably the Sony World Photography Awards 2017 and the World Press Photo Contest 2017. She has also been on various panel discussions on photography in events such as African Union cultural summit, Art Basel and Tedx/Johannesburg. Aida is the founder and director of the Addis Foto Fest (AFF), the first international photography festival in East Africa hosted since 2010 in the city of Addis Ababa. She continues to educate, curate and develop cultural projects with local and international institutions through her company DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) For Africa Creative Consulting PLC (DFA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Learn more about Aida Muluneh on her website.


The Memory of Hope

November 8 TO December 9
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.