The Books of Waiting. Book One: Unfinished Portraits
and selected performative actions. Canada and USA, 2010-2012
The Books of Waiting. Book One: Unfinished Portraits 2014 11:15
The Books of Waiting began with performative actions that were video recorded in 2010 through 2012. Eventually, a narrative developed from the embodiment of memories as the project evolved. I organized the material in chapters with my own texts interspersed with my mother's letters to me that I found after her sudden death in 1999.
The performativities in the videos engage with the mimetic imagination as visceral memories. These were performed in non-controlled spaces and isolated areas of Canada and the US between 2010-2012. The work aims to express the impact—from deep within the body—of state violence intangible dimensions.
The performative actions in these Unfinished Portraits question the nature of portraiture, temporality and performativity. I propose them as a study on the mimetic imagination: a mind-emotion-body activity that viscerally engages the body and the senses to access, navigate and form memory.