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Jacobus Capone

Forgiving Night for Day

Perth artist Jacobus Capone contemplates the poetic Portuguese word 'saudade'.

Western Australia

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In the video installation Forgiving Night for Day, Perth artist Jacobus Capone contemplates the poetic Portuguese word ‘saudade’, an expression of deep nostalgia and longing for people, places and times irrevocably lost.

Capone wrote lyrics inspired by the emotive registers of Fado music and his wanderings through the empty early morning streets of Lisbon. His song was filmed over seven consecutive days at dawn, each time performed by a different Fado singer, from seven viewpoints overlooking the city. The resulting film is an evocative meditation on how we process and express emotional states.


Forgiving Night for Day, 2016
(Video still)
7-channel video installation
Courtesy the Artist

Dates, Times & Access


Sat 18 Feb–Sun 16 Apr 
Tue–Sun, 10am–5pm

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Contemplative Conversations

Contemplative Conversations

Join Perth artist Jacobus Capone in conversation with Greg Pryor, Lecturer Arts and Humanities at ECU, as they delve deeply into the ideas and processes used by Jacobus in his new exhibition that explores the poetic nuances embedded within the Portuguese term saudade.


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