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Providence Public Library Exhibition: From Hold to Horizon

April 6 - June 25


Providence Public Library’s Exhibition: From Hold to Horizon will be on view in the third floor Joan T. Boghossian Gallery during regular library hours from Saturday, April 6 through Tuesday, June 25.

From Hold to Horizon is an immersive voyage toward Liberation, an inquiry into our complicated relationship with the ocean, sovereignty, and economies of capture. Inside its walls is a space for locating oneself. Journals detailing the nineteenth century whaling voyages of Captain William A. Martin, one of New England’s most prominent Black whaling-ship captains, will serve as our guide, leading us to explore a number of questions. Who are we? Where are we? What is happening around us? What are we experiencing together?

You are welcome to experience the space on your own. You are also invited to return on scheduled activation days to experience a guided journey of the horizon and journaling as rituals of transformation led by the artists. Registration for activation days is appreciated, click on a date below to register for an activation. During activations, please feel free to come and go as you please; to participate in the full experience, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled end of the activation.

For more details, including the artist-led activations schedule, please visit: https://provlib.libcal.com/event/12300289


Kei Soares Cobb (Activation Artist) is a Cape Verdean-American sound designer, dancer, gardener, educator, and somatic therapist based in Providence, Rhode Island. Kei’s work has been featured by Trinity Repertory Theatre, RISD Museum, Brown Arts Initiative and is presently in devotional collaboration with acclaimed choreographer, nora chipaumire. Learn more about their work: keisoarescobb.as.me, @keisoarescobb


Becci Davis (Activation Artist) is an interdisciplinary artist and mother who finds inspiration in exploring nature, archives, memory, and connection to place. Born and raised in Georgia, she now calls Providence, Rhode Island home. Learn more about her work: beccidavis.com, @bdavissynergy

The whaling logs of Captain William A. Martin are part of PPL’s Nicholson Whaling Collection; view digitized versions of the logs here.

This project is made possible in part by generous support from the Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading.

This project is made possible in part by generous support from the Papitto Opportunity Connection.

This project is made possible in part through funding support from Rhode Island Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. RI Humanities seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of Rhode Island Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


April 6
June 25
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Providence Public Library
(401) 455-8000
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Providence Public LIbrary’s Joan T. Boghossian Gallery (3rd Floor)
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903 United States
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