The Books of Waiting 

The Books of Waiting 2014

Three-channel HD video installation, audio 20”x 30” handmade books   Installations at MAC Caracas and at the Toronto Art GalleryPhotos: Livia Daza-Paris

The Books of Waiting make a conversation between the letters from Irma Paris, my mother, and my responses—both in writing and movement—collapsing time and space. The artwork intends to make sense of our entangled emotions about the inapprehensible reality felt by the 'political disappearance' of Iván Daza: her husband and my father.

At once playful yet stark, The Books of Waiting is made of my mother's written letters and my responses both in writing and in movement as letters to her.  From my background in dance and somatic practices—especially in Skinner Releasing Technique— I bear witness to the impossible task of apprehending such reality, involving my whole self. The work addresses complicated grief

Book One (all videos)
Book Two (all videos)
Livia Daza-Paris and The Books of Waiting 3D video installationAlchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. Hawick, Scotland 2015Photo: Patrick Rafferty
Created with support from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Fundación Museos Nacionales/Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Cultura de Venezuela and Canada Council for the Arts. It has been presented at aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival Toronto, April 2014; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, July-September 2014; and Alchemy Film And Moving Image Festival in Scotland, April 2015.  
Many thanks to Laura González and Jean Marie Casbarian for their research guidance. For their creative contributions and technical support, many thanks to artists: Dominique Doktor, Alba Daza, Xi Feng, Pablo Bonacina, Franklin Romero, Michael Poetschko, Hani Moustafa, Cynthia Nagar, Andrew Telichan, Jonathan Palomar, David Martínez, Sebastián Reyes, Mercedes Rodríguez, Yelsi Duarte and Philip Warrick. Special thanks to Roraima Ramos, production and coordinator of the art installations at the MAC Caracas, 2014.english