Eyerusalem Jirenga: The City of Saints, 2017
Eyerusalem Adugna Jirenga (b.1993) is an exciting emerging artist and fashion designer based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Informed by her experience in design, she now uses photography to document and display living history. She specialises in evocatively bright and discerning portraits, enlivening them with distinctive and striking colour detail. Her use of rich textures and colours plays against the crisp focus of her photographs, enhancing their warm, visually stimulating effect.
Eyerusalem has received considerable acclaim for her work both within Ethiopia and internationally. She has exhibited in the New York photography festival Photoville 2016 and participated in the New York Times Portfolio Review 2016. Her work has featured and received commendation in several group exhibitions in Addis Ababa.
Eyerusalem has studied in Ethiopia and in the USA. Her photographs have been featured on the Everyday Horn of Africa, and will feature in Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.(text AddisFineArt)