Aida Muluneh’s Surreal Portraits

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Ethiopian photographer and contemporary artist Aida Muluneh has lived all over the world before returning to her homeland where she found inspiration for her art. Her pictures show different issues about life, love, and history. Muluneh says her intent with the art is to ask provocative questions about our life, the people and the different nations. Even some of the images are like a personal diary, said Muluneh about her series of vivid, almost surrealistic portraiture. Muluneh describes her art as a “symbolic” attempt to delve into the many layers of her uniquely multifaceted diasporic culture and our ideas about how we live as people, as nations and as beings. Muluneh’s work on body painting is inspired by traditional body art from the African continent. Each picture is a reflection of conscious and subconscious manifestations of time and space.

All images © Aida Mulaneh

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