Aden Abebe’s passions lie at the exact intersection of art and social justice. Community-focused and community inspired, she pursues art as a means, not an end, and always has a greater vision for where her art can take her and her community. Aden aims to create art that is part of a healing process for her community by telling untold stories and prompting critical discussion. Aden has facilitated workshops training young people in the art of telling a story through photography.
Aden’s first photography series, Mental Health: A Mother’s Burden (exhibited at the Gladstone Hotel in October 2011) was a powerful and moving series of images that told a story of a mother suffering in silence with depression. The photos initiated discussion and reflection on a widespread, yet taboo, topic in the Ethiopian community.