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2017 ICP Infinity Award
2015 Creative Capital Artist Grant
2014 LEF Moving Image Fund
2013 Lightwork Residency
2012 Artist-in-Residency, Amherst College and Addison Gallery of American Art
2011 Magnum Foundation Grant; apexart Franchise Award
2010 Fulbright Fellowship in Art
2009 Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship; Artadia Award; Mass. Cultural Council Artist Grant
pre-2009 Open Society Institute Distribution Grant; 25 Under 25
SUNY Purchase, 2017- . Assistant Professor of Art and Design.
Hampshire College, 2015-2017. Visiting Associate Professor in the Film/Photo/Video Program.
Colby College, 2014-2015. Faculty Fellow in the art department.
Corcoran College of Art Graduate Program, 2014.
George Washington University, 2013-2014.
Amherst College, 2012. I was Amherst College’s 2012 Artist-in-Residence.
International Center for Photography, 2011-2014.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 2008-2009.
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture/Magnum Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon, 2014-2016.
Spring Sessions, Amman, Jordan, 2014.
Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria, 2013.
Rutgers University, HIV/AIDS and Photography, 2010-2011.
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 2008.
Lens on Lebanon, Zebqine, Lebanon, 2006-2007.
Open Society Institute/Makan House, Amman, 2006.
2016 Creative Time Summit, The Mistake Room, Jack Shainman Gallery, The Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum
2015 Hampshire College, Ball State University, Stanford University Department of Art, Duke University Center for Documentary Studies, NYU in Florence, Italy.
2014 Dartmouth College Department of Art, Syracuse University Department of Art Colby College.
2013 Hamiltonian Gallery (with Dagmawi Woubshet); Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; Corcoran College of Art and Design; California College of the Arts.
2012 Amherst College (with Wendy Ewald and Fazal Sheikh); TPW Gallery (Toronto)
2010 Rutgers University, Department of Art History; Johnson and Johnson World Headquarters.
2009 Bard College (with Carlos Motta); Nasher Museum of Art (with Dawoud Bey and Susan Meiselas).
2008 Wesleyan University (with David Levi Strauss and Wendy Ewald); International Center for Photography; Cornell University, African Studies.
2007 Amherst College; New York University (with Deborah Willis); Yale Graduate School of Art; Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
2006 Serviço Nacional de Aprendigazem Comercial (Sao Paulo); Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (Beirut); AIDS2006 (Toronto); Makan House (Amman).
Bard College. M.F.A. 2007.
Duke University. B.A., 1998, Summa Cum Laude.
For Freedoms (with Hank Willis Thomas)
Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY. June-August 2016.
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. January-February 2016.
Fractured Narratives: A Strategy to Engage
Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. January 2015 – March 2015.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College. Orlando, FL. November 2014 – January 2015.
Fotodok, Utrecht, Netherlands. February 2015.
Addis Ababa Foto Fest. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. December 2014.
Fishbar. London. September 2014. Upon the release of debut monograph, Sudden Flowers.
Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration
Nathan Cummings (Mar-Oct 2014) and NYU (Oct-Nov 2014). Curated by Deb Willis.
The Oromaye Project
Contemporary Art Center. New Orleans, LA. September 2013 – January 2014.
Hamiltonian Gallery. Washington, DC. November - December 2013.
Live Art Magazine. Northhampton, Mass. November 2013.
Pictures Woke The People Up. (with members of the Innu Nation and Wendy Ewald)
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass., September 1, 2012 - January 13, 2013.
Public installation in Sheshatshiu and Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada, August 2009.
Selections from Sudden Flowers.
Amherst College. Amherst, Mass. February - April 2012.
The 2012 deCordova Biennial.
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. Boston, Mass. January-April 2012.
Paths That Cross Cross Again.
Contact Photo Festival/TPW Gallery. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. May 2011.
Tinsae (The Reconciliation of Foreignness and Habit).
Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut, Summer 2011.
Who Would I Be If I Weren’t Who I Am?
Johnson and Johnson Gallery, New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 2010 – January 2011.
Concurrent seminar with art historian Tanya Sheehan on photography and HIV/AIDS.
It Is (Promised and) Written.
Makan House, Amman, Jordan, April 2010.
The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, March-May 2010.
We Cheat Each Other.
Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, August 2009 – January 2010.
My Story to Tell. (with the Appalshop Media Institute)
Abandoned Post Office in Whitesburg, Kentucky, April 2009.
Framing and Being Framed.
Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University Museum of Art, September – December 2008. Curated by Nina Felshin with work by Alfredo Jaar, An-My Le, Emily Jacir and Susan Meiselas.
If I Could See Your Face.
Yale Univ. Medical School, New Haven, September – December 2007. Columbia Univ., 2005.
Everyone is Friends With Paulo Freire!
PS122 Gallery, New York, 2007. Curated by HOMEWORK with work by Lin + Lam, Carlos Motta and others.
Moving Walls International.
Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo; Mustafa Ali Gallery and Art Foundation, Damascus; Third Line Gallery, Dubai; King Hussein Cultural Center, Amman; EspaceSD, Beirut. 2006-7. New York, Washington, DC, 2003-4. Curated by Susan Meiselas and Stuart Alexander.
Duke Center for International Studies (with Fazal Shiekh, Susan Meiselas, Bruce Davidson), 2006.
Edited (2-channel video installation).
Bard College, 2006.
Abul, Thona, Baraka.
Portable installation/coffee ceremony on streets and fields of Ethiopian cities and villages, 2006.
Tenanesh: She is Health.
University of Queensland, Australia, 2005.
I Was Not A Child When I Was a Child.
Addis Ababa City Hall, 2004.
Ka Fitfitu Feetu.
Addis Ababa City Hall and British Council, Addis Ababa, 2000.
First-ever photographic exhibit held in Ethiopia about HIV/AIDS.
Sudden Flowers. London: Fishbar, 2014.
Chosen as a best photography book 2014 by LensCulture, Flak Photo and Vogue Italia.
Trans-Asia Photography Review, 2016. Academic article on Syrian photographer Omar Imam.
Aperture, 2014. Feature article in issue on new documentary.
Contact Sheet, 2014. Photography feature with text by Dagmawi Woubshet.
Open Engagement, 2014. Blog in coordination with Open Engagement at the Queens Museum.
Saint Lucy, 2013. Interviewed by photographer Corinne May Botz.
Oromaye by Baalu Girma (Chapter 1). 2012. Hayden’s Ferry Review. With Yawoinshet Masresha
deCordova Biennial 2012. Ed. by Mary Tinti. Essays by Dina Deitsch and Gavin Kroeber.
A Prior, 2011. “Rail Diary,” Photography and writing from the Hejaz rail line. With Toleen Touq.
5 Cities / 41 Artists, 2011. Edited by Franklin Sirmans.
From Ethiopia to New Jersey: Photography and HIV/AIDS, 2010. Edited by Dr. Tanya Sheehan.
“The AnySpaceWhatever.” The Balcony: An Idea in a Void, Makan House, 2010.
Callaloo, 2010. “The Preservation of Terror.” Edited by Dagmawi Woubshet and Elisabeth WoldeGiorgis.
ArteEast: The Art of Engagement, 2008. “Flights: Beirut is a Beautiful Country.”
International Studies Quarterly. March 2007. “Representing HIV/AIDS in Africa: Pluralist Photography and Local Empowerment.”
Art Journal, October 2005. “Teaching After the Fall.”
Black: A Celebration of a Culture, Hylas: Grand Rapids, 2005. Edited by Deborah Willis.
Shifter, 2005.“So It Be Written in the Book of Love (Why Americans know Abu Ghraib was torture).”
25 Under 25, ed. by Iris Tillman Hill. New York: powerHouse, 2003.
I Wanna Take Me A Picture. New York: Norton, 2001. By Wendy Ewald and Alexandra Lightfoot
Oromaye (In Progress)
Writer/Director/Producer of this feature-length film about the last novel of assassinated Ethiopian journalist Baalu Girma.
Possessed by Djinn (2014)
Cinematographer for a documentary about the Djinn directed by Dalia al Kury. According to Islam, the Djinn are supernatural creatures that occupy a world parallel to that of humans.
Another Beautiful (2011)
Short film about Ahmad Taher al-Safferini, a studio photographer in Zarqa, Jordan.
Director of Photography. Feature-length documentary of the Circassian population in Jordan. Produced for Al-Jazeera Documentary with Director Dalia Al Kury.
Fighting with Father (2006)
Executive Producer. (2008) Screenings: International Film Festival Rotterdam (2010); Addis Ababa Film Festival (2008) Harvard University (2008). Directed by Daniel Debebe Negatu in collaboration with Sudden Flowers.
The Mask Videos (2006)
Writer/Director/Producer (2006) Screenings: Gallery Wedat, Addis Ababa (2006); Bard College, New York (2006); Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. (2006). Made in collaboration with Sudden Flowers.
Time Out (2006)
Writer/Director/Producer. (2006) Screening: Alem Cinema, Addis Ababa, 2006. Produced in collaboration with Sudden Flowers.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Duke University's Center for International Studies
Save the Children Federation, USA
Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Collection
The Light Work Collection
The Open Society Foundation Art Collection
We Have Woven the Motherlands with Nets of Iron.
apexart, New York/Amman. May 4 – June 4, 2011.
Artists from each of the countries through which the Hejaz Railway ran presented installations in an abandoned railway station near Giza, Jordan.
The End of Criticism.
Makan House, Amman, Jordan. September 10 – October 11, 2010.
Work on censorship by Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir and Jordanian artist Nidal El-Khairy.
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