Aïda Muluneh. Strength in Honor. 2016

Aïda Muluneh Strength in Honor 2016

  • MoMA, Floor 2

Muluneh’s use of colorful makeup is inspired by body art from across Africa and allows her to physically construct a character out of her model. After living around the world, Muluneh returned to Ethiopia, whereshe founded the Addis Foto Fest, the first international photography festival in East Africa. Though she was born in Ethiopia, she has sometimes felt like an outsider due to many years spent elsewhere. This photograph bears the influence of that complicated experience of heritage. Drawn from her series The World is 9, which is named after a saying of her grandmother’s: “The world is nine; it is never complete and it’s never perfect.” With this series, Muluneh also recognizes the capacity of photography to convey the multiplicity and contradictions inherent in any individual.

Gallery label from Being: New Photography, 2018
Medium
Pigmented inkjet print
Dimensions
31 1/2 × 31 1/2" (80 × 80 cm)
Credit
Fund for the Twenty-First Century
Object number
274.2018
Copyright
© 2020 Aida Muluneh
Department
Photography
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