Made of Clay and Water

Montreal, Canada, 2004-2005

Made of Clay and Water, 2005Variable dimensions.

Through the concept of “poetic interviews,” these videos, metaphorically extrapolates the life of the deceased mother of the artist, Irma Paris. The artwork inquires: in the face of complicated loss from political violence, how can one’s life be filled with beauty and love?

The artistic approach suggests a level of conversation beyond the verbal by exploring the notion of personal history ‘stored in the body.’ The haptic camera searches the 'where' of those memories in the body. The recording took place at the home of the participants. They also improvised the movements as part of their interviews.

Made of Clay and Water, 2005, was presented as a video installation at Tanzquartier, Vienna, Austria, in the North/South Lab, 2005, curated and organized by Benoît Lachambre.


Production, direction and camera by Livia Daza-Paris

Sound post production and image editing by Alejandro Rodríguez

Text, poem and voice (singing and voice-over) by Livia Daza-Paris

Participants: Ingrid Hein, Nadine Mondestin, Veronica Pelicaric and Jutta Woods.