Forgiving Night for Day

Jacobus Capone | 18 February - 16 April

Filmed in Lisbon over seven consecutive sunrises, Forgiving Night for Day is a contemplative reflection on the poetic Portuguese word ‘saudade’, an expression of deep nostalgia and longing for people, places and times irrevocably lost. During a winter spent in Lisbon a lyric was written by Jacobus Capone in response to the empty early morning streets and inspired by the emotive and sombre registers of Fado, a traditional Portuguese music genre. Each morning saw the song reperformed a cappella by a different Fado singer from viewpoints overlooking the city reawakening with the rising of the sun.

Forgiving Night for Day is a meditation on how we process mysterious emotional states and how we can – and often can’t – express them to and with others.

  • Artist
    Jacobus Capone

    Presented by
    Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and
    Perth International Arts Festival

    Creative Team
    Fado Lyrics: Tiago Torres Da Silva, based on a poem by Jacobus Capone
    Fado Singers: Nadine Brás, Carolina, Telmo João Pires, Rodrigo Costa Felix, Maria Emilia Reis, Pedro Moutinho, Henriquinha
    Sound Recordist: Henry Nesbitt
    Camera one: Jacobus Capone
    Camera two: Tony Costa
    Sound editing: Roly Skender
    Support: Amy Perejuan-Capone

  • Location

    PICA Galleries

  • Opening Hours

    21 Feb – 16 April
    Tue – Sun | 10am-5pm
    23 Feb – 5 March

    Thu-Sun | 10am-9:00pm

  • Duration

    27 minutes

  • Cost


  • Opening Night Event

    Friday 17 February
    6:30pm – 8:30pm