Though Facebook is a major distraction most of the time, I’m also very grateful to Facebook, for it has introduced me to Curaçao painter, graphic designer and photographer: Ariadne Faries. This is the first installment of her ‘Being Curaçao’ photo series… because the truth is awesome, so are cultural curiosities and beliefs held by some of Curaçao’s people. Curaçao authenticity.
“She’s a spiritual medium, a fortune teller. Her cigar ashes tell a person’s past, present and future. I had never met her before and only wanted to take photos of her while smoking her cigar… All of a sudden she started telling me all kinds of things about my life. She even knew things about my dead parents. Most were true or became true…” – Ariadne Faries
Perhaps not an image that would show up on Curaçao Tourism Board pamphlets, but in my opinion, this is precisely what makes Curaçao so awesome… and examples can be found all over the island. Creativity defined by Merriam-Webster: “Ability to produce something new through imaginative skill, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form. The term generally refers to a richness of ideas and originality of thinking. Psychological studies of highly creative people have shown that many have a strong interest in apparent disorder, contradiction, and imbalance, which seem to be perceived as challenges. Such individuals may possess an exceptionally deep, broad, and flexible awareness of themselves.”
Tio Selcio’s ‘Hiflying Park’ in Domi, just like the old days, made from recycled materials. Tio Selcio’s message: “Love – Tenderness – To Love. Parents – educate your children. Love your children. Treat them with respect. Don’t yell at your children. Don’t scare them. Don’t hit them. Treat them all as equals.”
Curaçao’s Kite Season is between Carnival and Easter.
“Beestenbende” in Dutch / “Animal Chaos” in English.
Wash Day in Fleur de Marie. An environmentally friendly benefit of life on the equator, intimacy included.
“I found this Altá (alter) at the house of the most famous Montadó (alter mounter) in Curaçao. It was set up the day before Easter Sunday. In the ‘Kulto di Misterio’, the name of this religion, Jesus Christ occupies a position directly under ‘The Good God’.”
“Yu di Kòrsou” / literally “Curaçao’s Child / Children”
“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” View from Seru Bientu in the Christoffelpark.
ALL PHOTOS BY ARIADNE FARIES.
See also: #694. Protégé Ariadne Faries’ Reflections on Curaçao’s Beloved Duo: Pater Paul Brenneker and Elis Juliana