A virtual exhibition of the Ethiopian photographer Aida Muluneh has been launched by The Africa Institute in Sharjah (TAI), in cooperation with Sharjah Museum Authority (SMA) and Sharjah Art Foundation with an aim to continue providing access to creative works for all audiences.

Held under the title "Homebound: A Journey in Photography”, the exhibition, which was originally scheduled to open on March 23 until May 30, is part of TAI’s and SMA’s mission to highlight the pioneering role of artists and support their creative work and boost the cross-cultural dialogue.

The virtual tour of the exhibition, which can be accessed via https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=czYLe5tu8Gs, provides the public with an opportunity to learn about the history and development of modern and contemporary photography in Ethiopia and Africa.

The exhibition is divided into two parts, with the first one showcasing a selection of exceptional examples of the artist’s works that chronicle her journey as an artist and a photojournalist, and her multiple contributions to imaging and image making in photographic-based works since her return to her homeland Ethiopia after years of living, studying and practicing in North America.

Curated by Dr. Salah Hassan, Director of TAI, along with Sataan Al Hassan as co-curator, the virtual exhibition’s second part is curated by the artist Aida Muluneh, and is devoted to showcasing the works of contemporary African photographers. The works were previously displayed at the Addis FotoFest. Founded by Muluneh herself and launched in 2010 in Addis Ababa, the biennial festival is the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.

"We are delighted to collaborate with The Africa Institute in hosting this exhibition virtually as part of SMA's commitment to provide its audiences with digital access during these challenging times,” said Manal Ataya, Director General of SMA.

“The show will offer visitors an insight into the evolution of modern-day photography in Ethiopia and Africa and its development into a new genre that documents socio-cultural transformations,” she added.

Dr. Salah Hassan said: “The exhibition focuses on a select number of works produced by the artist as series with thematic foci that exemplify Muluneh’s interest in several issues that range from history, identity, politics, home, and the current environmental and climate crisis.”

The Institute of Africa, which was established by an Emiri decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah in 2018, is an institution specialized in academic research and its work focuses on conducting studies, research and documentation processes for African peoples and cultures.

Source: Elite Media