Antigone, diary of rituals N.2:
River Burial and Ridge of Silence
Lara, Venezuela, 2012
Antigone, diary of rituals N.2 : River Burial and Ridge of Silence 2012, 13:33Camera: Euro García and Livia Daza-ParisEditors: Xi Feng and Michael Poetschko
River Burial took place in the cold, crystalline mountain waters near the town of Guarico, Lara, a vital area for the Venezuelan insurgency in the 1960s.
Having met with the sole survivor of the ambush, Faustino, I learned that the area in which my father was disappeared is called 'Ridge of Silence'.
I went there and discovered that it is at once both beautiful and eerie. Its waters are stagnant and silent, just like the story of disappearance I investigate.
In this ritual, I took the letters my mother had written to me (which I found by chance after her passing). I photocopied them in large poster-size, then placed them around this silent ridge.
In retrospect, I intended to create a conversation between this place, the non-official history and what my mother, Irma Paris, attempts to reveal with her letters.
For more information see:
Review by Latin American curator and independent art critic Albeley Rodriguez. July 2014. Text in Spanish.
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.
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