On December 7th, 2010 we opened the first edition of the Addis Foto Fest with a dedication to the legendary photographer Shemelis Desta at the Alliance Ethio-Francaise. It was a thrilling week for all of us to finally see our hard work culminate to the much anticipated opening of the featured exhibition “Ethiopia: Interior Visions” which featured different points of view on Ethiopia.
The time has come again, for the second edition of the Addis Foto Fest, which is to take place December 3-8, 2012. Looking back, the first edition brought together 30 participants and over 5,000 viewers to the citywide activity. In the same vein, the AFF 2012 will feature photography and video art exhibitions, conferences, workshops and portfolio reviews. In addition, this year’s opening exhibition, “Addis Transformation”, will be dedicated to the 125 anniversary of the city of Addis Ababa (Ethiopian Calendar). The exhibition will bring together various photographers who have documented one of the fastest growing metropolises in Africa.
Through the cooperation and support of our partners, the Addis Foto Fest is moving forward towards becoming a key event in the landscape of African contemporary art and culture. Our goal continues in each edition to provide opportunities to expose our participants and viewers to the various ways in which the image of Africa is projected, interpreted, negotiated and marketed. Therefore, educational opportunities are also part of our main focus through intensive workshops that help to support local photographers enter the international market as well as to encourage professionalism in the growing photography industry of Ethiopia.
We look forward to another great event and the continual support of all stakeholders who believe in the impact of images on the local and global community. As we embrace old and new partners, we move into the frontier of hosting a memorable festival and encourage you to BE THERE!
Aida Muluneh | Director/Founder | Addis Foto Fest | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia