This year, we formally launched the Fellowship for Social Leadership, which seeks to recognize innovative social art projects and individuals who demonstrate both excellence in their personal art and leadership in their community and/or field. We were absolutely blown away by the quality of applications we received for this inaugural fellowship model and are honored to present our shortlist with you. Join us in conversation with Aida Muluneh, Daniella Zalcman, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Nina Robinson and hear how they are leading us and the field into the future. This discussion will be moderated by Paul Lowe and will be joined by 2018 Jury member Laura Beltrán Villamizar.
Meet the Artists
Aida Muluneh is the founder and director of the Addis Foto Fest (AFF), the first international photography festival in East Africa hosted since 2010 in the city of Addis Ababa. She continues to educate, curate and develop cultural projects with local and international institutions through her company DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) For Africa Creative Consulting PLC (DFA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Interrogating the foreign gaze to raise awareness of how photography can shape cultural perceptions, her project plans to develop a Pan-African photography workshop program that supports and promotes emerging talents across Africa.
Daniella Zalcman is a documentary photographer based between London and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation, and the founder of Women Photograph, an initiative working to elevate the voices of female and non-binary visual journalists. Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of indigenous children in North America.
Her project, Women Photograph is an initiative working to elevate the voices of women and non-binary visual journalists and to ensure that our industry's chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent.
Nina Robinson is a documentary photographer and educator based in Arkansas and New York. Her work is a mixture of my her experiences, bridging documentary, personal, and fine art. She began her photography career shooting for The Reporter in Vacaville, CA and her current work has a strong focus on underrepresented communities, aiming to break the visual prejudices of race, class, age, and gender.
Through the use of photography, Nina Robinson aims to create a visual social practice workshop to improve emotional health and well-being in rural marginalized communities in the American South.
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is a documentary photographer based in New York City. Her work has been supported with grants and fellowships from the International Women's Media Foundation, Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African American Studies and the Research Foundation of the City University of New York. She is a four-time recipient of the Community Arts Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council. BRIC Arts selected her as a 2015 Media Arts Fellow where she produced her first experimental short, “Sunu Fall.”
Through short documentaries, photo essays and written narratives, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn intends to profile women photographers of African descent.