The Photos The Vatican Didn't Want Italy To See

The Vatican stopped artist Gonzalo Orqui?n, but not forever. In September 2013, Orqui?n was set to open an exhibit, called "Trialogo," showing photographs of same-sex couples kissing in beautiful baroque Italian churches. But it was halted after the gallery received a letter directly from the Vatican threatening legal action and saying that "the church is against the exhibition" because it shows "expressions of affection that do not belong in a place of worship." (See the complete letter on the following pages.) So Orqui?n began looking for a safe place outside Italy to exhibit his works of art and found Gallery MooiMan, which went a step further and produced a book of the images, telling of the story of how the gallery met Orqui?n.