Jelisa Peterson | Look Out! Ilha de Moçambique | $550, unframed $275

I was born in and grew up in Utah. I graduated with degrees in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from the University of Utah. My interest in photography began early in my life at age seven. I asked for and received my first camera to take with me to a YMCA camp. I have been exhibiting my work nationally and internationally since 1994.
I began making images in Africa working with women in Zimbabwe for two years in 1993 – 1994. This sparked my interest and great love for Africa.
I’ve traveled extensively in Eastern and Southern Africa. I solo backpacked the continent from Egypt to South Africa. Buses, minivans , motorcycles, ferries, small boats, and walking were my forms of transportation. I have lived and worked in three African countries: Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe for a total of 10 years combined. I have visited and spent time in thirteen countries in Africa.
My current body of work focuses on children in Ilha de Moçambique, Island of Mozambique. For more than 500 years, it was the capital of Mozambique and is itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I have been making images in Mozambique since 1996.
Spending months of time in Ilha de Moçambique since 2003 has allowed me to create images of people which are authentic visual documents, both full of and true to life. I will return in 2020 to continue to spotlight GIRLS and their vital role in producing global Africa’s RISE.


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