Somerset House exhibition: Water Life
The free exhibition will run in the Great Arch Hall of the South Wing of Somerset House from 24 September - 20 October.
As part of an open commission supported by the H&M Foundation, WaterAid invited Aida Muluneh to create the works in response to one of its core concerns – lack of access to clean water. Aida travelled to the Dallol, in the Afar region of Ethiopia (one of the hottest places on earth) to use the extreme landscape for the shoot. The series comprises of 14 photos of women in her style inspired by the landscape, culture and traditional ornamentation and body paint.
About Aida Muluneh
Aida was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1974, where she also currently lives. In 2000, she graduated with a degree from the Communication Department with a major in Film from Howard University in Washington D.C. After graduation she worked as a photojournalist at the Washington Post. In 2018 she exhibited “Being: New Photography 2018” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Aida 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 institutions through her company DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) for Africa Creative Consulting PLC (DFA) in Addis Ababa.