Antigone, diary of rituals N.2

River Burial and Ridge of Silence

Lara, Venezuela 2012

Antigone, diary of rituals N.2: River Burial and Ridge of Silence 2012

Lara, VenezuelaHD video, audio, single-channel, split-screen 13:33Camera: Euro García, Livia Daza-ParisPerformative action: Livia Daza-ParisEditors: Xi Feng, Michael Poetschko

This video presents two different rituals. River Burial took place in the cold, crystalline mountain waters near the town of Guaríco, and Ridge of Silence took place near the area where my father, Iván Daza, was politically disappeared. 

I had printed the letters my mother had written to me in poster size—which I found by chance after her passing, and placed them by the rituals sites.  In retrospect, I aimed to create a conversation between this place and what my mother, Irma Paris, had attempted to reveal in her letters about what had happened in the 1960s.


Before these rituals, days earlier, I met with the sole survivor of the ambush, Rufino, who told me they were about the Ridge of Silence/Zanjón del Silencio the day my father was disappeared. I went there and found that it was at once beautiful and eerie. Its waters were stagnant and silent. An uncanny mirror to the story I am investigating. 

This work is part of my physical poems as interventions in Lara, Venezuela. They commemorate the disappearances, including of my father, caused by state violence in the 1960s during the insurgency movement. These rituals transform isolated mourning into a public activity as gestures of care across time and make claims to non-official history.  ~Created with support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Alcaldía de Morán in Lara, and Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Cultura de Venezuela. Special thanks to Euro García for his support and participation in creating this work. 

Photos: Euro Garcia, Livia Daza-Paris

For more information: At the edge of the (far-) End: an event revealed through rituals. ELSE Journal for International Art and Creative Media Issue 01. Published by Transart. Editor Teobaldo Lagos Preller. Peer-reviewed article. 2016:   ReviewAlbeley Rodriguez: La creación: un dolor trocado en vida vibrante Constanza Rogatis: Space Gallery: