Bedtime Story | Cuento antes de Dormir
Caracas, Venezuela, 2010- 2014
Bedtime Story I, 2010 05:06
Bedtime Story I, 2010. Experimental and biographical video filmed, edited and directed by Livia Daza-Paris.
The video exposes a collection of visual “exhibits” from primary sources (official and declassified historical records) and a visual register of old ceiba trees cut and felled in front of the house where I was staying while I just began the research on the political disappearance of my father, Iván Daza. I felt that the violent act of cutting and mindlessly disposing of the tree was a powerful metaphor to my investigation. In 2014, the work was adapted as an installation and included in my solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas, Venezuela, curated by Latin-American cultural researcher, Albeley Rodríguez. The video was projected onto the walls of the created installation room made of translucent fabric, to allude to childhood memories of the first time my mother, in the form of a bedtime story, told me about the ambush and subsequent disappearance of my father.
Special thanks to Luisa Villalba in Caracas, Venezuela.
For related work please see:
Bedtime Story II, 2011. A short story on a true memory
Mother paused for a moment. Then, quieter, hesitantly, she told me that: up in the mountains, by the woods, there was an ambush, and my father was killed. They left his body somewhere, she said. I wondered: “Is his body at the end of the world? The end of the world for sure is far!" I thought. All the while that mother is telling me this story, the lights were off, I never saw her eyes, only the window on the side of my bed. Did I hear her cry? “Time to sleep now…” she said, and then, I found myself drifting into the night towards that place at the very far end of the world. I was five years old. The setting: Venezuela, Latin America. The year: 1969. My father was never returned to us: there was no funeral, not tears could be shed.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Venezuela, 2014
Exhibition curated by Albeley Rodríguez
Bedtime Story, 2014. Single channel video immersive installation with fabric-room-sculpture. Dimensions variable. Duration 5:06