Hilina Mekonen
ETHIOPIA
With an artistic background, the Addis Ababa born print making/visual arts graduate of Addis Ababa University’s Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, works with a focus on documenting her surrounding environment using photography. Hilina uses everyday experiences, documenting events with an in-depth, intimate and personal connection to her subjects. Her work has been featured in several group exhibitions.
Firewood and Charcoal Workers from the Sudan
Hilina chronicles the lives of charcoal forgers in the Sudan where many people use the dark matter as a source of energy. She highlights the people’s perception about the tree logs, which are considered a gift of the mighty Nile, features a donkey cart stumbling, carrying wood and charcoal along the skataha, a windy and sandy expanse in the Sudanese desert. Hilina is enchanted with the ever-present smiles of the workers who tower above the heaps of firewood and colorfully contrasts the multitude shades of grey surroundings. Hilina’s collection immerses the viewer into the midst of the peddlers resting beneath the mound of charcoal peaks.

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.