Episode 12

1-54 Special Project Talk London 2019 | Water Life: Aïda Muluneh on Art and Advocacy

1-54 London

3 - 6 October 2019

Special Project London: Water Life – Aïda Muluneh on Art and Advocacy

Artist Aïda Muluneh discussing her exhibition Water Life with Renée Mussai (Senior Curator and Head of Archive & Research, Autograph ABP). Engaging in issues of water scarcity and ecological emergency, photographer Aïda Muluneh presents a new series of work commissioned by WaterAid and supported by H&M Foundation. The Afrofuturist tableaux of images were shot against the extreme backdrop of one of the driest places on earth, Dallol, in the Afar District of Ethiopia. Reflecting on her travels across the country, Muluneh looks at the number of women who travel on foot carrying heavy containers of water. Each image in this body of work responds to the challenge of water access, exploring it as a social issue directly impacting rural regions and the development of whole communities.



Image: © Katrina Sorrentino 


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