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The Books of Waiting 2014

Three-channel HD video installation, audio20”x 30" handmade books Installation images from MAC Caracasand Toronto Art GalleryPhotos: Livia Daza-Paris

The Books of Waiting (2014) is a conversation between the letters from Irma Paris, my mother, and my poetic responses—both in writing and movement—collapsing time and space. The work intends to make sense of our entangled emotions on the 'inapprehensible reality' of the political disappearance of Iván Daza, her husband and my father in Venezuela's 1960s Cold War-era Caribbean conflict.

At once playful yet stark, they make movement notes on complicated grief. From my background in dance and somatic practices—especially in Skinner Releasing Technique— I bear witness with my whole self to the impossible task of comprehending such a predicament.

Livia Daza-Paris with 'Books of Waiting' 3D video installation atAlchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. Hawick, Scotland, 2015Installation image. Photo: Patrick Rafferty
This work was 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, 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.