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.

Retrato al revés

Detroit, US 2012, 01:23Camera, performative action: Livia Daza-ParisVoices: Alba Daza, Livia Daza-ParisSound composer: Pablo Bonacina Editor: Sebastián Reyes

The Story in the Letters | La historia en las cartas

Detroit, US 2012, 03:32Camera, performative action, voice: Livia Daza-ParisSound composition: Andrew Telichan Editor: Sebastián Reyes, Xi Feng

The Ambush | La Emboscada.

Canada, Quebec 2011, 00:59 Camera, performative action: Livia Daza-ParisEditor: Hani Moustafa


Decirte | To tell you

Canada, Toronto 2011, 02:53 Camera, performative action, voice: Livia Daza-ParisSound engineering: Andrew Telichan Editor: David Martinez