Aïda Muluneh

Aïda Muluneh’s photographs express what it is to be an African woman - with particular attention given to notions about gender and identity - and situating this existence within the colonial experience. Her vivid and compelling portraits interrogate the foreign gaze while raising awareness about the impact of photography in shaping cultural perceptions. Her latest series, The Distant Gaze, is a collection of works inspired by images of Ethiopian women that were documented at the turn of the century by foreign photographers.


Aïda Muluneh was born in Ethiopia in 1974. She settled in Canada in 1985 and then graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C. in 2000 with a major in Film. She went on to pursue photojournalism at the Washington Post but ultimately gravitated towards a more artistic mode of expression. At the same time, Muluneh wanted to reconnect with her place of birth and moved back to Ethiopia in 2007 where she is currently based. Muluneh’s work has garnered international attention and her photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto. She is the founder and director of Addis Foto Fest in Ethiopia.