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The BIG ARTS Talking Points series continues with former News-Press photographer Kinfay Moroti. In his talk, Kinfay will expand on his deeply moving exhibit titled “A Beautiful Struggle,” which is currently on display in the West Entrance gallery, a space generously donated by George and Susan Heisler. Kinfay will talk about his inspiring journey and issues of racial justice and economic inequality in our communities. His talk, at 4 p.m. Feb. 25, will be in Christensen Performance Hall with reduced capacity, as well as streamed live virtually.
Kinfay’s stunning and powerful photographs capture the richness and complexity of both black and white lives in Southwest Florida. His work showcases the triumphs and struggles of a community striving toward racial equality.
“I’m known for capturing moments and being a storyteller,” said Kinfay when asked about his exhibit. “But to do that you really have to cut your vein and put it all out there on the canvas. Just putting pictures on the wall doesn’t require me to give enough of myself, so I wanted to find a way to deepen these expressions and finally say what I thought about them.”
Kinfay has captured moments in communities and around the world for more than 20 years as a documentary visual journalist. His work from the Iraq War, national political conventions, mass shootings and various other civic and social topics has been published by Time magazine, the New York Times, USA Today, and National Public Radio. While at the News-Press, Kinfay intimately documented life in the poor communities of Southwest Florida.
His work tells the story of struggle and hope that plays out every day across our communities and country. By using a combination of photographs and objects sourced from the Fort Myers-Dunbar communities, Kinfay gives us a rare and beautiful look at his city.
Talking Points tickets for the hall are available through the box office, located on 900 Dunlop Road, or by phone at (239) 395-0900. Virtual tickets are available through the box office and online at BIGARTS.org. The exhibit, “A Beautiful Struggle,” is open to the public Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Heisler Gallery, located in the BIG ARTS West Entrance. Masks and physical distancing are required, and hand sanitizing stations are provided.
ABOUT BIG ARTS
BIG ARTS, established in 1979, is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing quality artistic, cultural and educational experiences to Sanibel and Captiva residents and visitors. Visit http://www.BIGARTS.org to learn more about our 2021 Season, and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook. BIG ARTS is practicing the highest standards of safety during this challenging time. All visitors are required to wear masks throughout the facility. Please be sure to put on your mask before entering the building. We ask that you are mindful of physical distancing. With physical distancing precautions in mind, BIG ARTS is selling only 50% of the seats in Christensen Performance Hall. Therefore, until further notice, only 200 seats will be available for any event in the Hall. A maximum of 25 people will be allowed in the gallery at any given time. BIG ARTS has enhanced its air-filtration system, all surfaces are wiped down between use, a professional sanitation fogger is being used after each gathering, and there are hand sanitation “stations” throughout the ground floor.