Antigone, ritual after rituals

at Solano Fonseca's house, Cocorote, Edo. Lara, Venezuela 2012

Photo credits: Gromanski Lameda

Here I am with Sr. Solano Fonseca. He and his family gave me shelter the night before going to the ambush site to drape the cloth. When I went back to his home two weeks later, we went through a path towards the river's edge. I wanted to see and video this river since I had learned that my father had waded it the night before the ambush as he tried to evade the military siege. Señor Fonseca carried a machete with him all the time—just in case, we might encounter venomous snakes.

Señor Fonseca, one of the elder campesinos from Cocorote, has a beautiful and proud way of carrying himself. For my closing ritual, I spontaneously asked him to bestow a "knighthood"on me. And, he blessed me with his acknowledgement of our kinship through our connection to this land and its history.

Photo credits: Livia Daza-Paris

These pictures were taken on May 29th, 2012, at dusk. With the help volunteered by the campesinos from the hamlet of Cocorote, the long white fabric in the images was draped near the ambush location that occurred decades ago. With this, we made an impermanent memorial to those killed and disappeared there by the Venezuelan army in the 1960s. Initially, there were 100 meters of cloth. Given the uneven mountain terrain, we could not attach it full length and had to reduce it to about 60 meters. The pictures were taken from the home of Solano Fonseca, who was one of the participants. Cocorote is situated about 6km from the mountain where the participatory action took place.

A video of this action is here: Ritual N.3: Crosses and White Fabric

For more information please see:
Livia Daza-Paris, 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. Guest editor Teobaldo Lagos Preller. Peer-reviewed article. Published: January 2016. Text in English:
Review by Latin American independent art critic Albeley Rodriguez. Texto en Español:La creación: un dolor trocado en vida vibrante
Review by Latin American independent art critic Constanza Rogatis:
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