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A Conversation on Photography in Ethiopia and Guyana


Image: Karran Sahadeo (Guyana), Untitled (blue), 2014. Digital Print, 11.7 x 16.5”, image courtesy of the artist.


A Conversation on Photography in Ethiopia and Guyana
Aida Muluneh and Grace Aneiza Ali
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
6:30–8pm
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public


Via her work as a photographer, and founder/curator of the Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa’s first international photography festival, Aida Muluneh has been forging new platforms to explore the ways in which the image of Africa is projected, interpreted, negotiated, and marketed in the global world. Through various multi-media projects, Grace Aneiza Ali, a recent Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellow, explores how photographers in Guyana and its diaspora are countering the “picturing paradise” narrative the global public often sees of the Caribbean/South American region and the ways they are moving away from satisfying global appetites for the tropical and the exotic.

Muluneh and Ali will present their work and engage in a conversation about photography in Ethiopia and Guyana. They will offer their thoughts on the connections and intersections on the contemporary photography coming out of these two regions and the ways in which both photography communities negotiate politics of representation.


This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with AIDA in the subject line.

April 28, 2015

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

presenter

Aida Muluneh

Aida Muluneh is the Director/Founder of Desta for Africa. Established in 2010, it is the vision of award-winning photographer Muluneh. 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 finally settled in Canada in 1985. In 2000, she graduated with a degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in the Communications Department with a major in film. After graduation she worked as a photojournalist at the Washington Post and other publications. As an exhibiting artist, a collection of her images can be found in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and the Museum of Biblical Art in the United States. She is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie in Bamoko, Mali, as well as the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of photography in Spilimbergo, Italy. Aida is the founder of the first international photography festival in Ethiopia, the Addis Foto Fest. She continues to curate and develop cultural projects with local and international institutions through her company DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) For Africa in Addis Ababa.


Grace Aneiza Ali

Grace Aneiza Ali is a faculty member in the Department of Art and Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and editorial director of OF NOTE magazine, which looks at the intersection of art and activism. She is an Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellow and curator of the 2016 exhibition “Un|Fixed Homeland.” Her critical essays on photography have been published in Nueva Luz Journal, Small Axe Journal, among others. She has lectured globally including at the Museum of Modern Art, Columbia University, New York University in Italy, and Leibniz Universität in Germany. She served as the inaugural host of the “Visually Speaking” photojournalism series at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a World Economic Forum “Global Shaper.” She holds a MA from New York University and a BA from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she graduated magna cum laude. Ali was born in Guyana and lives in New York City.


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