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Art: Aida Muluneh says 'Romance is Dead'

City Life by Muluneh
Romance is Dead
‘Romance is Dead’ is piece by Aida Muluneh, an Ethiopian artist based in Addis Ababa. She was born in Ethiopia in 1974. She left the country at a young age and spent an itinerant childhood between Yemen and Canada. After a few years in a boarding school in Cyprus, the family settled in Canada in 1985. In 2000, she graduated from the Communication Department of Howard University, Washington D.C, with a major in Film. After graduation she worked as a photojournalist at the Washington Post, and her work can be found in several other publications. In 2004 her work was acquired by the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of African Art.
She is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, in Bamako, Mali. As well as the 2010 winner of the International Award of Photography (CRAF) in Spilimbergo, Italy. She also has a book published by Africalia in Brussels, Belgium, titled “Ethiopia: Past/Forward” which is a coffee table book that reflects her vision on reconnecting to Ethiopia through memory and nostalgia. She is also the founder and director of the first international photography festival the Addis Foto Fest as well as Fana Wogi a yearly open call supporting contemporary artists in Ethiopia.

Muluneh continues to curate and develop cultural projects with local and international institutions through her company Developing and Educating Society Through Art (DESTA), For Africa Creative Consulting PLC (DFA) in Addis Ababa.

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