CAPE VERDEAN AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER COMES FULL CIRCLE AND EXHIBITS WORK AT THE CAPE VERDEAN PROGRESSIVE CENTER
Praia, Cape Verde based photographer, Joli Moniz, is showing her work at the Cape Verdean Progressive Center at 329 Grosvenor Avenue in East Providence on Sunday, October 6 from 4 to 7pm. Joli will be exhibiting photographs that illustrate scenes from current-day Cape Verde.
Joli was born in Providence and raised in Hartford, Connecticut by second generation Cape Verdean American parents. As a child, Joli traveled to the
Cape Verde islands several times, creating a strong connection with the country of her ancestors and sparking a lifelong passion for travel. Many of Joli’s works originate from her travels to countries including China, Colombia, Ghana, Portugal and of course Cape Verde. The reach of Joli’s work continues to expand worldwide. Her photographs are displayed in the office of the State Treasurer of Connecticut, Denise Nappier and in the Mandela family’s home in South Africa and will be featured in the book The Passionate Collector curated by Morgan Stanley.
“I am thrilled at the opportunity to exhibit my work at the Cape Verdean Progressive Center,” commented Joli. “Both moving ‘back home’ to Cape Verde and dedicating more of my life to my artistic passions had been lifelong dreams. Returning to my birthplace and specifically its Cape Verdean community and sharing images of my new home is, for me, like coming full circle.”
The event has a public purpose as well. A portion of the proceeds will go to Cape Verde for Life, a project Joli recently co-founded that seeks to strengthen Cape Verde one family at a time. For further information about this project, go to www.capeverdeforlife.com.