The Notebook is my gallery. The pages are my exhibition. Nostalgia is for all those feelings and memories of home. Those scattered dots that always pulls me in to remind me of the power of distance. Forbidden stories are for those stories I experienced myself, I heard and I longed to photograph but couldn’t (perhaps because my hands are tied up and my mouth shut) I’m a photographer and I do own a camera. But since I don’t use it to make images, it feels like the photographer in me seize to exist. So for now, I’m a photographer who simply writes captions.
Maheder Haileselassie, age 26, is a freelance photographer based in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Maheder mainly focuses on telling stories, documenting changes and speaking up for those she considers to be voiceless in her community. Photo exhibitions she has participated in include “Photojournalists in Conflict”, WPFD Celebrations in Finland, Helsinki (May 2016) and the most recent one, “In Quest For” Goethe-Institute, Addis Ababa Ethiopia (Sep 2016). Additionally, in April 2015, Maheder was among the Top 10 Honorable Mentions of Women Professional Artists after participating in the art competition announced by the US. Embassy in Addis Ababa