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Aida Muluneh

::Creative and cultural exchange through images ::

b. 1974, Ethiopia

Aïda Muluneh received her undergraduate degree in film, radio and TV from Howard University, Washington, D.C., in 2001. She currently lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and is the founder of DFA (DESTA FOR AFRICA NGO). An organization that seeks to promote photography in Ethiopia through education, exhibitions and creative exchange.

Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Aïda 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 finally settled in Canada in 1985. After studying film at Howard University in Washington, D.C., she went on to work as a freelance photographer for The Washington Post. Then in 2003, Aïda was chosen to be part of the groundbreaking show "Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora" at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. Later that same year, she made an appearance in “Imágenes Havana,” a group photography exhibition in Havana, Cuba, that led to her directing "The Unhealing Wound, a documentary about Ethiopian children who were sent to Cuba on an education scholarship but became abandoned for over twenty years.

Aïda is also the founder of D.E.S.T.A FOR AFRICA, a non-profit cultural organization in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. D.E.S.T.A FOR AFRICA stands for Developing and Educating Society Through Art. It also means "happiness" in the Ethiopian language Amharic. D.E.S.T.A FOR AFRICA promotes cultural development through the use of photography by providing workshops, exhibitions and creative exchanges.

Aïda continues to teach photography and exhibit her work worldwide. A collection of her images can be found in permanent collections in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and the Museum of Biblical Art in the United States. She is also the recipient of the European Union Prize for her work on Ethiopia in the 2007-7th Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, in Bamako, Mali.

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Dear Photographers

The webzine "This is Africa" has asked me to "curate" a weekly slideshow of interesting work by the new generation of African photographers (at "home" and abroad). Budding amateurs who may currently only be posting their work on their Flickr page are welcome too.

I would like to include some of your images in one such feature.

10 - 15 images per slideshow will be sufficient. The new site will allow for Flash-based photo-galleries and slideshows, so there won't be the issue of visitors being able to drag and copy images from the site.

The slideshow/gallery would include your name and a bit about you and the work, title captions for each image, links to your site, your gallery (if you're with a gallery), to any current show(s), and to any recent books featuring your work.

If you're interested, kindly send me some sample images of your work as well as your contact details, and we'll take it from there.

Thank you.
Nontsikelelo Veleko

27 Sep 2010, 22:49

art Book


I'm an Italian artist who lives in Milan, my next project will be an
Art Book that will contain a selection of creative panorama of
Ethiopia, focusing on the city of Addis Ababa.

The book will be divided into topics, such as ART, MUSIC, FASHION,

For now I'm doing research from Italy, but then I will continue my
research in Ethiopia.

The book that I will intend to do, it's an overview of contemporary
creativity in Ethiopia, focused in the city of Addis Ababa, will be a
container of imagination, creativity, rhythm, taste, culture and

A book that will include Art in every possible expression.

The book is based on the collaboration between artists, an exchange of
ideas between an Italian artist and Ethiopians artists, so please help
me with any suggestions, or point out anything that from your opinion
could be considered.

let me know if you are interested in this project, I will be very
happy to give more information.

kind regards

Alessandro Ceresoli

19 Mar 2011, 22:16



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14 Jan 2012, 0:20
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