Antigone, diary of rituals N.1:

White Thread and River Burial

Lara, Venezuela, 2012

Antigone, diary of rituals N.1 : White Thread and River Burial

Lara, Venezuela 2012, 13:17Camera: Livia Daza-Paris and Euro GarcíaEditor: Michael Poetschko

This work is a series of physical poems as rituals that serve several functions: offerings to the political disappeared, a navigating tool through my investigations and metaphorical gestures on the land that transform personal mourning into a public activity.

White Thread began at the contact house where my father was last seen alive. From this point I traced with a thread of white oil paint his name over the bridge that nowadays spans the river my father wade across the night before he encountered the military ambush and was subsequently disappeared.

'River Burial' took place in the cold, crystalline mountain waters near the town of Guarico, Lara, an important area for the Venezuelan insurgency in the 1960s.

For more information see:

Review by Latin American curator and independent art critic Albeley Rodriguez. Article by Albeley Rodríguez. July 2014. Texto en español:

At the edge of the (far-End): an event revealed through rituals. ELSE Journal for International Art and Creative Media Issue 01. Published by Transart. Guest editor Teobaldo Lagos Preller. Peer-reviewed article. Published: January 2016. Text in English.

See main page on the larger project:

Antigone, diary of rituals N.1: White Thread and River Burial was created with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Alcaldía de Morán, Venezuela, Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Cultura de Venezuela.
Images of the surrounding area Photo credits: Livia Daza-Paris