Creative of the week – Eyerusalem Adugna Jiregna

April 20, 2022

Eyerusalem Adugna Jiregna is an emerging photographer and fashion designer born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She has studied both in Ethiopia and the USA to become the fantastic photographer she is right now. She uses photography to document the vibrant everyday realities in the country. She mainly works on evocative and sensitive portraits, known for their distinct colors and textures. Her works are considered the new voices for Contemporary Photographs that are shifted documentary photography to another level.

Eyerusalem’s shot in the walled city of Harar, her series The City of Saints, documents a living history. Her experiences in design have pushed her to specialize in evocatively bright and discerning portraits with striking color and texture details. Her use of rich textures and colors plays against the crisp focus of her photographs, enhancing their warm, visually stimulating effect.

Eyerusalem has received considerable recognition for her work beyond Ethiopia. Her recent Exhibition “The City Of Saints” in 2020 has brought much attention to her work, primarily since it was handled online. Eyerusalem has received significant recognition for her work both in Ethiopia and internationally. She has exhibited at the Kasher Gallery, Refraction: New Photography of Africa and Its Diaspora (2018); From Our Perspective: Young Ethiopian Photographers Changing the Gaze; the New York photography festival Photoville 2016, and participated in the New York Times Portfolio Review 2016. Her work was a part of the exhibition: Treasures of Islam in Africa. From Timbuktu to Zanzibar at the Musée Mohammed VI d’art moderne et contemporain in Rabat. Her photographs have been featured, among others, in the Everyday Horn of Africa in Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, Marie Claire, and Whitewall Magazine. She was recently featured in the New York Times article “Five Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now.”

She is currently on the International Selection Committee for the 2022 Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest themed “Faith and Spiritualities’ and ‘Living Together” with four other outstanding photographers worldwide. We’re so honored to see young Ethiopian photographers touch the hearts of many in the world.

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