The Books of Waiting. Book Two: Disappeared Prayers
and selected performative actions. Canada and US, 2010-2012
The Books of Waiting. Book Two: Disappeared Prayers 2014
The Books of Waiting began from performative actions based on personal memories recorded between 2010 and 2012. A narrative developed from embodied explorations of such memories as performativities. Organized in chapters, the artwork includes 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.
Through the instinctual assertion of the physical body, Book Two explores the occurrence of falling. From a movement perspective falling is studied kinesthetically as: physical surrender, a consequence of physical impact, a state of suspension, and finally, falling as one holds another falling. It is also a means for attending to her father, Iván Daza, at the moment of his fall from the impact of bullets during the ambush. Daza-Paris imagines falling with and helping him yield gently to the earth.