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!
- New York City Department of Transportation – June 5-December 5, 2023
- The Africa Center – August 3-September 5, 2023 New York
- Cromwell Place – September 26-October 8, 2023 London
The Blind Gaze – 2021 Aïda Muluneh, The Crimson Echo
New York City Department of Transportation
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.
The Africa Center
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.”
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.
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 2023 United Nations Headquarters
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
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, DISABILITY, LGBTQIA+!, 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.