Aida Muluneh was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1974 where she currently lives. 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 Cy-prus, she finally settled in Sas-ktchewan, Canada in 1985. In 2000, she graduated with a de-gree from the Communication Department with a major in Film from Howard University in Wash-ington D.C. After graduation she worked as a photojournalist at the Washington Post.
Muluneh’s work has had solo ex-hibitions in South Africa, USA and Canada, with participations in group exhibitions in Mali, Sene-gal, Egypt, France, Germany, Eng-land, Korea, and China. Her works can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, The Smithsonian’s National Mu-seum of African Art, the Hood Museum, the Museum of Biblical Art in the United States, and the UNISA Collection in Pretoria.
She is the recipient of awards for international support of aspiring photographers in Africa and elsewhere, starting with the re-cipient of the 2007 European Un-ion Prize in the Rencontres Afri-caines de la Photographie, in Bamako, Mali.
Muluneh has been a jury mem-ber on several prominent pho-tography competitions most no-tably the Sony World Photog-raphy Awards 2017 and the World Press Photo Contest 2017.
She 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 insti-tutions through her company DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) for Africa Creative Consulting PLC (DFA) in Addis Ababa.
This solo project is a continuation of her series addressing issues of perception relating to Africa which commenced with The World is 9.