Nebila Abdulmelik
ETHIOPIA
A pan-African feminist storyteller using creative arts to speak her peace and archive stories of daily existence, Nebila was born and bred in Addis Ababa. Expressing herself through photography, poetry, writing and working as an editor, Nebila has travelled the world and found her way back home. She has hosted a solo exhibition in Khartoum based on a five-week residency entitled Khartoum – through a neighbor’s lens. Nebila’s debut photo exhibition came in 2017 when she teamed up with a Congolese photographer and showcased “URBAMORPHOSIS: the changing face of Addis.” The collection was a tribute to the people of the city who are constantly negotiating their place in an ever-changing urban setting.
Layered Memories
Nebila explores the idea of layers by juxtaposing people with previously taken images in this collection. Her series adds 3D dimension – taking an image of an image after adding layer – the person steps up to the image, which is in fact not an image but a frozen moment of reality and sees this moment through their lens. The new image with the added layer produces something different than what the subject saw.

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.