Nothing Without Joy
A Series of Portraits by Estela Semeco
The words Nothing Without Joy came to me from a friend on a day I needed it. It also came as a quote from the early education teachings of Loris Malaguzzi. The ideal that learning should always be accompanied by joy. It kept coming back to me as a mantra and a tool. A reminder to reflect on blessings. Intent as a daily practice.
I've met many of the folks in this series of portraits through recent years of latinx empowerment. We share a need to resist oppression, and to thrive within our own culture. Our identities are a fluid and wide encompassing spectrum. We are tangled somewhere between the past and the future.
It's 2018 and sometimes I'm certain the world is declining. Months go on and on, weeks feel longer, and everyday I'm witnessing more and more struggle. Life holds compartmentalized facets of my existence, everything is separated between sharp swings of either calm or calamity. The world is shifting towards a scary place and it's the everyday joys that keep us sane and healthy.
Nothing Without Joy.