Ethiopian Aida Muluneh Among 30 Emerging Artist to Watch-Artsy


Aida Muluneh got her start as a photojournalist for the Washington Post, but has since cultivated her own brand of highly stylized portraiture. Her photographs feature figures dressed in primary colors, their skin often painted with the same bright shades in a nod to traditional African body art. Although Muluneh is widely traveled—she grew up between Yemen, England, and Cyprus and settled briefly in Canada and the U.S. before returning to Addis Abada nine years ago—her work is deeply rooted in her native Ethiopia. Her latest solo show aims “to make Africa digestible in a different way,” eschewing the tropes of safari animals, famine, and war to instead explore the photographer’s experiences of repatriation.

B. 1974 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Lives and works in Addis Ababa.
Aida Muluneh

“The World is 9” at David Krut Projects, New York; showing with David Krut Projects at 1:54 New York