Bonzo caption 1
Bonzo caption 1 (2018) by Pako Campo.
Continuing with the exploration of the range of human feelings, I share with you a new artwork related to the fury. As I told you in other posts, fury has always seemed to me one of the most complex to transmit to the viewer.
Reflecting on this, the word “bonzo” came to my mind, and I discovered that it hides an incredible story.
The expression has its origin in the wave of suicides of Buddhist monks, which occurred in the early 60s as a protest against the government of South Vietnam. The first was Thich Quang Duc, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who committed suicide by burning himself in a busy area of Saigon on June 11, 1963.
Thich Quang Duc protested the oppression of the Vietnamese suffered at the hands of President Ngo Dinh Diem. The monk remained completely motionless while it was consumed by the flames, without emitting any type of signal that warned of his pain. After his death, and according to tradition, the community incinerated his remains, but his heart remained intact. Thus, it was considered sacred and was placed under the care of the National Bank of Vietnam.