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 from performative actions based on personal memories recorded between 2010 and 2012. A narrative developed from embodied exploration of such memories as performativities. Organized in chapters, the artwork include texts from the artist as responses interspersed with letters from her mother—which she found after her sudden death in 1999.

The performativities engaged the mimetic imagination from visceral memories. These were recorded in non-controlled spaces in Canada and the United States. The Books of Waiting express dimensions—from deep within the body—of state violence's intangible impacts.

These Unfinished Portraits question the nature of portraiture and temporality. They study the mimetic imagination: a mind-emotion activity that viscerally engages the body and the senses to access, navigate, and make meaning of memory that eludes cognitive language.

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