Dayspring Cíntia

By Jun Cola

(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


(let’s go!)



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.

The act of waking up in the morning and getting ready to face a new day can be filled with conflict for someone who is identified as transgender. It adds an, oftentimes, unforeseen layer of what it means to belong for that person and what’s required to move forward on any given day. The images are visual reflections that reveal the impact of public statements that add layers of tension to an otherwise early morning, sluggish routine. Dayspring, Cíntia was conceived as a test of time, to illustrate any given morning in Cíntia’s life & how any given morning is the direct offspring of what’s been proscribed 100, 200, 500 years ago.
Headshot of Jun Cola

Jun Cola is a traveling translator and erstwhile photographer based in Brazil.

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