Artnews Features Aida Muluneh at AIPAD

Every year in April, photography dealers from around the world descend on New York for the Photography Show, bringing with them a cornucopia of photography and photo-based work, from salt prints to digital pieces. As usual, the fair, which runs through Sunday, did not disappoint. Organized by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers, and now in its 38th edition, it is being held at Pier 94 for the second year (it had previously been held uptown, at the Park Avenue Armory), and some of the 96 exhibitors were still adjusting to the new location.


Near the VIP lounge, another suite of brightly hued photos were on view in the booth of Brooklyn’s Jenkins Johnson Gallery, which is showing the work of Ethiopian photographer Aïda Muluneh, one of the standouts of the “New Photography” show that just opened at the Museum of Modern Art. Three prints from her 2017 series “Memory of Hope,” each available for at least $5,500, were on display. In one triptych called Memory of Hope (Both Sides), Muluneh, her face painted blue and white, sits back-to-back with her doppelgänger; arrangements of bananas hanging like mobiles above their heads. “A lot of [Muluneh’s work] has to do with race relations as it pertains to both sides,” said gallery owner Karen Jenkins-Johnson. The series, she said, refers “to the Charlottesville protest, where the president came out and said both sides were at fault, and both sides were not at fault.”