Antigone, diary of rituals N.1:

White Thread and River Burial

Lara, Venezuela 2012

Antigone, diary of rituals N.1 : White Thread and River Burial 2012 HD video, audio, single channel, split screen 13:17Lara, Venezuela Camera: Livia Daza-Paris and Euro GarcíaPerformative action: Livia Daza-ParisEditor: Michael Poetschko

These works are a series of physical poems as rituals. They are also metaphorical gestures that transform personal mourning into a public and collective activity.

I traced with a White Thread of paint the name of my father over the bridge that nowadays spans the river he waded across the night before encountering the counterinsurgency army attack the next day. I began the tracing at the house where he was to take refuge for the night but was not able.

River Burial took place in the cold, crystalline mountain waters near the town of Guaríco, Lara; a vital area of the Venezuelan insurgency in the 1960s.

Images of the area Photos: Livia Daza-Paris

For more information 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.Texto en español:
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Created with support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Alcaldía de Morán, Venezuela, Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Cultura de Venezuela.