"The Memory of Hope" by Aida Muluneh examines the memory of hope, a distant mirage in the desert of optimism that once defined her youth.
Presenting a new body of work, Ethiopian photographer Aida Muluneh examines the memory of hope, a distant mirage in the desert of optimism that once defined her youth. Muluneh recalls embracing hope with excitement and fervor, confident in what she believed was right and wrong with the world. With liberal expectations, she sought validation along righteous paths, yet the reality she discovered with age, was one that reflected the darker side of humanity.
“We are the witnesses who stand at the side of the road, shackled by our comforts and also our conformities. We are the consumers of the pain of others and we are also the supporters of a distorted future.”- Aida Muluneh
Through this series Muluneh aims to emphasize the decadence of this world, which is rooted in those who profit from the toils of the disadvantaged. This hedonism is a manifestation of the actions we take to maintain our differences, motivated by the delusion of superiority and the rampant ego. "The Memory of Hope" aims to amplify that which we refuse to hear, and to present that which we refuse to see.
Born in Ethiopia, Aida Muluneh studied in Washington D.C. before working as a photojournalist for the Washington Post among a variety of international publications. As an exhibiting artist, Aida’s work has been shown in South Africa, Mali, Senegal, Egypt, Canada, United States of America, France, Germany, England, and China. Her images can be found in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Hood Museum and the Museum of Biblical Art in the United States.