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Portrait Ethel Aanyu

born 1994. Kampala, Uganda

Ethel Aanyu is a Ugandan photographer living and working in Kampala. She started her artistic journey as an apprentice at Andrew Tshabangu’s studio before exhibiting at the Kampala Art Biennale in 2020. In her work she employs digital layering techniques of positive and negative black and white images. Mainly using herself as a model, she stages scenes that portray visual self-refl­ections, soliloquies of sorts, mental conversations that sometimes take the form of heated dispute, other times that of gentle exchange. Amidst the tension, ambiguity, and hybridity manifested in her images, Aanyu dissects complex emotions in visual form, creating piercing and proud images that give a human face to intricate questions surrounding the human condition.

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