Dina Goldstein
CANADA
Dina is a Canadian photographer working with large-scale tableau, exploring elements of the human condition, through the lens of Pop Surrealism. She describes her early work as photo-anthropology, where she documented various subcultures. Personal events were an inspiration when she created the highly conceptual ‘Fallen Princesses’ series 2007-2009. A huge online success, the series questions the “happily ever after” motif created by Disney and Western society. Her tradition of fine detailed productions continued with her second major body of work ‘In the Dollhouse’, 2012, a 10-part sequential narrative set in a very pink adult sized dollhouse belonging to Barbie & Ken. Dina has won numerous awards; one, the Arte Laguna Grand Prize, led to a residency in India which inspired ‘Gods Of Suburbia’, 2014, a complex photographic initiative that is a visual analysis of religious faith within the context of the modern forces of technology, science and secularism. Modern Girl, 2016, a series inspired by Chinese advertising posters of the 1930’s examines identity, gender roles, diasporic cultures, and consumerism. Her most recent work, Snapshots From The Garden Of Eden, 2017 features 11 large-scale B&W tableaux images and was commissioned by the Contemporary Jewish Museum Of San Francisco for the exhibit Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid. In 2014, Dina was awarded the Prix Virginia, an International Prize for Women.
Gods of Suburbia
The work is a visual analysis of religious faith within the context of the modern forces of technology, science and secularism. The series plays with narrative and religious iconography in order to communicate how organized belief has become twisted within a global framework driven by consumerism and greed. The project challenges the viewer — religious or secular — to embark on a journey of self-reflection as they contemplate the relevance of dogma in modernity

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.