Join us on Friday, April 17 from 3p to 7p for the opening reception of Right To Live - Stories Without Borders, a photography exhibit featuring the work of Brazilian photographer Virginia Yunes. Having traveled all over the world and visiting over 40 countries, her solo exhibit features photographs of some of the most captivating people and places she has encountered. From the southern tip of South America, to the vast deserts of Africa, Virginia captures the essence of living in remote parts of the planet. The exhibit will be on display from April 17 to 25.
UNCORK, an international wine tasting event will take place the same night from 8p to 11p in an effort to fundraise for our youth initiative, Stay Young.
About The Artist
Virginia Maria Yunes was born in Argentina and moved to Florianopolis, Brazil as a child. She was interested in health and received her masters in nutritional studies. However, art had always captured her attention, which drove her to graduate in fine arts, and she is currently pursuing a doctorate in photography.
During college, Yunes’ photo essays with street children and children in socially vulnerable situations began to attract attention.
When she was young, she had always been linked to Catholic Missionaries because she had been an immigrant. Living through and experiencing cultural diversity inspired her to take a year off to volunteer in the Amazon (1993), which is when photography became a creative outlet for her to share her experiences.
A few years later, Yunes went on vacation to Guinea Bissau, Africa (1998-1999), where a civil war broke out four days after her arrival. The photographer ended up staying in Africa for almost two years where images she captured with her camera became a tool for communication and reporting.
There, her commitment to photography was born with a strong emphasis on humanity: Yunes believes in the power of art to raise awareness, improve, and transform the views and hearts of her audience.
Yunes worked as a photographer for Caritas, UNICEF, and multiple nonprofits. She acquired a large experience as a documentary photographer, and has visited more than 40 countries giving her the opportunity to capture images that reveal her relation with “The Other”.
Virginia often says she didn’t choose photography, photography chose her.