Reframing Neglect Events Page


This series, Reframing Neglect, highlights the dire need to end neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) through a collaborative body of work with photographers from seven African countries and curated Aïda Muluneh – an Ethiopian photographer, contemporary artist, and activist – who has captured the international art world through visual storytelling that intersects with, and elevates advocacy. The series will be touring in various locations starting in the Fall of 2022.

Below are the exhibitions where you can view Aida’s and the other six photographer’s works. Stay tuned, as new exhibitions arise!

Upcoming exhibitions:

  1. Nairobi Hilton Square – August 1-31, 2024

Past events:

  1. PhotoVogue Milan – November 17-20, 2022
  2. World NTD Day 2023 United Nations Headquarters – January 30, 2023
  3. New York City Department of Transportation – June 5-December 5, 2023
  4. The Africa Center – August 3-September 5, 2023 New York
  5. Cromwell Place – September 26-October 8, 2023 London
  6. World NTD Day 2024 United Nations Headquarters – January 19-March 3, 2024 New York
  7. World Health Assembly Geneva – May 24 – May 31, 2024

The Blind Gaze – 2021 Aïda Muluneh, The Crimson Echo

World Health Assembly

⏰ 2024, May 24 – May 31

📍 8, Av. de la Paix 14, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland

In partnership with the World Health Organization, Reframing Neglect was on display at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland as a showcase of the power of art and storytelling for advocacy in the face of a shifting landscape and warming climate that threaten progress against NTDs.

Stay tuned as the series continues its world tour!

In her series, Living with LF, Sarah Waiswa, a Ugandan-born, Kenya-based photographer follows Eunice Atieno, a 48 year-old single mother, who has been living with LF since 2011. Not knowing the cause of the swelling, Eunice went from hospital to hospital trying to get a diagnosis, but failed to get an answer. At one point doctors claimed it was cancer and she even went ahead with chemotherapy, but her leg continued to swell. In 2019, she was correctly diagnosed with LF following a mass drug administration exercise that took place in her neighborhood.

Eunice plays with her grandson and a neighbor’s child in the kitchen of her home – Sarah Wasiwa, Living with LF

World NTD Day 2024 United Nations Headquarters

⏰ 2024, January 19 – February 15

📍 405 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, United States

Reframing Neglect

Creative directed by contemporary artist and activist Aïda Muluneh, “Reframing Neglect” highlights the need to end neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) globally. The full series includes 38 photos by photographers from seven African countries where NTDs continue to carry a heavy burden.

We have come a long way since the first World NTD Day was commemorated to mark the progress made against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). So far, more than 50 countries have eliminated at least one NTD and 600 million fewer people require treatment for NTDs than they did a decade ago.

Reframing Neglect is helping to re-center the most important voices in our effort to end NTDs. The collection seeks to tell the story of NTDs and elevate advocacy for them while challenging Western representations of Africa and bringing dignity and grace to their subjects.

Cromwell Place

⏰ 2023, September 26 – October 8

📍 4 Cromwell Pl, South Kensington, London SW7 2JE, United Kingdom

As the END Fund continues to seek partnerships that elevate the voices of the communities in which they operate, Reframing Neglect serves as a testament to impactful storytelling and speaks to the urgency with which we must collectively act to address the burden of these neglected diseases and the impact they have on communities.

The presentation of Reframing Neglect will complement Cromwell Place’s autumn programming focus on African art. Set within five Grade II listed Victorian townhouses in South Kensington, Cromwell Place is one of London’s most exciting arts destinations, offering a year-round program of diverse exhibitions open to the public across 14 gallery spaces.

The Africa Center

⏰ 2023, August 5 – September 3

📍 1280 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029, United States

Open to the public, the gallery will include 38 photos from the series by photographers from Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria, Somalia, Mali, and Sudan. Through fine art and documentary photography, the artists highlight the weight of NTDs on individuals and communities, using art as a tool of shared human emotion while addressing the need to spread awareness of neglected diseases.

Uzodinma Iweala, CEO of The Africa Center, said: “We are honored to collaborate with esteemed photographers from across the African continent and our valued partner, the END Fund, on this profound exhibit at The Africa Center. Their lenses capture not just images but the very essence of the struggles and triumphs against NTDs – a preventable challenge that has touched countless lives. Through this exhibit, we hope to amplify voices, share unique perspectives, and most importantly, drive collective action towards a brighter, healthier future for all.”

New York City Department of Transportation

⏰ 2023, June 5 – December 5

📍 New York City

The Reframing Neglect Exhibition is open for public viewing in an outdoor installation in New York City in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT).

Creative directed by Aïda Muluneh, this powerful exhibition acquaints the wider public with the impact of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) through a mix of photographic styles – fine art, documentary, and photo journalism. The series will be on view at the NYC DOT art display cases on Water Street and Gouverneur Lane, Downtown NYC now through December 5, 2023.

World NTD Day 2023 United Nations Headquarters

2023, January 30

📍405 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, United States

The exhibit, complimented with a cocktail reception and brief remarks, co-hosted by the WHO, Reaching the Last Mile, the END Fund, as well as strategic voices including the UAE, and countries depicted throughout the collection, including Senegal and Mali – countries that are on the cusp of eliminating river blindness.

This invite-only reception will highlight the importance of collaborative philanthropy and multi-sectoral approaches to achieve the ambition of the WHO’s 2030 Roadmap for the Elimination of NTDs.

A dead black fly responsible for river blindness – Omoregie Osakpolor, NTDs in Nigeria

PhotoVogue Milan

2022, November 17-20

📍BASE, Via Bergognone 34, 20144, Milan, Italy

4 days of conversations on PHOTOGRAPHY IN ALL ITS FORMS.

In line with its mission to connect different cultures and amplify a diverse range of voices, PhotoVogue is partnering with renowned Ethiopian photographer and cultural entrepreneur Aïda Muluneh, to present her collection The Crimson Echo.

The talks will explore current issues such as DIVERSITY and INCLUSIVITY not only in terms of the subject of the stories we tell but also in terms of who is telling those stories, DISABILITYLGBTQIA+!, the INFLUENCE OF INSTAGRAM in photography, the DREAM in fashion photography, VISUAL LITERACY and much more. The protagonists of the talks will be artists and experts of international renown change-makers.

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