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 HD video, audio, single channel, split screen 13:33Lara, Venezuela Camera: Euro García and Livia Daza-ParisPerformative action: Livia Daza-ParisEditors: Xi Feng and 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.

This video presents two different rituals; one is River Burial, which took place in the cold, crystalline mountain waters near the town of Guaríco, Lara, a vital area for the Venezuelan insurgency in the 1960s. The other ritual is Ridge of Silence.

Having met with the sole survivor of the ambush, Rufino , I learned that the area in which my father was disappeared is called "Zanjón del Silencio". I went there and discovered that it is at once, beautiful and eerie. Its waters are stagnant and silent, just like the story I investigate.

In this ritual, I took letters my mother had written to me—which I found by chance after her passing. I photocopied them in large poster-size, then placed them around the ridge. In retrospect, I was aiming to create a conversation between this place and what my mother, Irma Paris, attempts to reveal with her letters: a non-official history.

Photo credits: Euro Garcia and 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:
Main page on project: Antigone, diary of rituals

This work was created with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Alcaldía de Morán, Venezuela, Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Cultura de Venezuela.