Jondo is a photography series based on the search of the sentiment ¨jondo¨ within contemporary Calé communities that have inherited the Flamenco practice.
Jondo is a word that refers to dark & broken singing, common in pioneer Flamenco singers. This kind of singing narrates the sorrows & miseries in Calé communities´ lives during the origins of Flamenco. It also refers to a way of feeling and understanding the existence beyond the singing itself, sharing a melancholic perspective on life in each of the communities.
Currently, Calé people have been settled in the Andalusia region of Spain for three centuries, and their lifestyle has since changes. They are no longer migrants and don´t necessarily suffer the same scorn from Andalusian natives. They are fully integrated into Spanish society, and so the Flamenco singing and the unique perspective it offers is deemed meaningless today.
This work was completed between 2013 and 2014 in the southernmost Andalusia, the birthplace of Flamenco, in search for the jondo sentiment in current Calé settlements.