Australian Premiere

Using vibrant colours and symbolic cultural references, Aïda Muluneh illustrates the African lived experience and the associated post-colonial aftermath endured. She emphasises Ethiopian culture through bright colours, religious and natural settings and elaborate body paint as a celebration of traditional Ethiopian art. Through The World is 9, Muluneh examines questions about life, love and history, and whether it is possible to live in this world with full contentment.

Aïda Muluneh pays homage to the defining characteristics of Ethiopian art as a counter to the rejection of these characteristics as “primitive” by a traditionally Eurocentric view. Infused with theatricality and imagination, her images express an adornment for Ethiopian culture whilst also challenging the Western stereotypical perception of Africa.


For the first time, Ballarat International Foto Biennale tickets are available for a single Day Pass or, for the complete experience, purchase a new 3-Day Pass for multiple entries to the Biennale’s core exhibitions in various venues during the festival. All Festival Passes include a single timed visit to the Linda McCartney: Retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

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Aïda Muluneh [ETH]~The World is 9
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  • Aïda Muluneh
    August 28, 2021 - October 24, 2021
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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