(Historic Centre, Salvador, Brasil)
“…For this sin, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah vanished; For this sin, the Knights Templar was destroyed throughout Christianity in a single day / Therefore we demand that every man who commits such a sin, for any guise taken, / Be set aflame and made into dust so that his body and burial will never be remembered.”
–Excerpt from the Afonsino Ordinations, state-sanctioned orders instituted in Portugal by Dom Pedro I (1439 – 1446). He was the first Lusitano Monarch to be dethroned for committing sodomy. These laws of proper behavior inspired the Portuguese Inquisition in colonial Brazil.
“I’d be unable to love my child if he were homosexual. I won’t be a hypocrite here. I’d rather my child died in an accident […] If a gay couple move next door to me, the value of my house decreases.”
–Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian congressman, interviewed in Playboy Brasil, 2011
There’s a certain art of being able to navigate failure in order to reach a point of alignment. Dayspring Cíntia is that alignment, a favorable result of adverse, faulty circumstances. It also involves elements of an intimate setting which adds another challenging layer. I utilize my efforts within this greater puzzle to observe, interrogate, and create.
The door called Dayspring Cíntia has been opened. Freedom poses challenges to convention so viewers have the freedom to walk in and interpret, maybe even struggle with the piece according to their insight and outlook. The visual and literary aspects are snippets to help provide a time frame (a few hundred years, a short time I’d say) and context.
Jun Cola is a traveling translator and erstwhile photographer based in Brazil.