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in syzygy

By Red won


July 8th - September 4th

Photoworks is pleased to announce the opening exhibit of Artist in Residence Red Won. Her solo exhibition, titled
In Syzygy, is a collection of platinum, silver, and cyan hand made prints.

Meet & Greet | Friday | July 7th 
at Photoworks 

Opening Reception | Saturday | July 8th 
at Photoworks 

Buna & Cyan | Saturday | July 22nd 
12-2pm at Photoworks, $20 

Redeat Wondemu's photograph series depicts honesty, emotions, and vulnerability. She travels to Ethiopia, her home country, to work on her pre-conceptualized photography series. Using both film and digital photography, she approaches her sitters with deep thoughtfulness, reverence, and imagination.


Her practice as an analog film photographer comes from her father who photographed similarly. Her fascination with family albums is the nostalgia that drives her to develop her own film in the darkroom. Her end goal with her photography is to make prints in the darkroom whether it’s a gelatin silver or other alternative prints. Hand printing her own photos in the darkroom is a mediative process which allows to reflect and connect with her inner vision.

She graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and pursued her nursing career side-by-side with photography training. In 2021, her series Modern Muse: Portraits of Ethiopian women was exhibited in a Solo Show at the Addis Ababa Museum, Homme Gallery, and Art of Noize Gallery in 2022 in DC.


Her photography series of portraits of working class Ethiopians titled “How Irving Penn's Photography Series Inspires Me” was published in The Washington Post in 2022. Since then, Wondemu has participated in group shows at Glen Echo Photoworks, Studio Gallery, The Art League, The Gathering Spot, Hanubet, and private residences. Her Modern Muse Series won best in show in the Photographic Process Group Exhibition at the Art League in Virginia. She is the recipient of The Emerging Artist Small Project Grant at the Craig Kraft Studio. As well as a guest speaker and judge for World Bank International Society photography group. She is also a member of the Black Women Photography group and hosted youth film day workshop in collaboration with Dojo Studio and Photoworks teaching film photography to youths in DMV area. Currently she is the Artist in Residency at Photoworks.

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