Joey L's Ethiopia is a monolithic collection made over the course of thirteen years. It is an ode to every region of the country and a celebration of all the unique peoples found within.
My life will forever be intertwined with Ethiopia. In my teenage days, this country is where I first found my vision as a photographer. Later, Ethiopia would be where I found my home and my soul mate. ETHIOPIA is a monolithic collection of my images captured over the course of thirteen years. It is an ode to every region of the country and a celebration of all the unique peoples found within. These seemingly disconnected cultural threads are woven together in a cohesive visual style in order to truly see Ethiopia— which itself is the sum of all the diverse lands and theproud people who inhabit it.
The dignified vision found in the portraits is not to obscure other searing
realities within Ethiopia, such as the wealth inequality and traumatic conflict
spread across the country. It is to highlight the prestige I have always
recognized here. This collection is about the timeless and pure things that
have withstood the politics of the day, and to challenge the way the outside
world can perceive this country. This is my tribute to the enduring Ethiopia.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 2021.
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