Antigone, diary of rituals N.3:
Crosses and White Fabric
Lara, Venezuela, 2012 - 2014
Antigone, diary of rituals N.3 : Crosses and White Fabric 2014, 11:56Camera: Livia Daza-Paris and Oscar from the town of Cocorote 2012 (re-edited 2014)Editors: Xi Feng and Alba Daza
Diary entry—Sunday May 20, 2012
Crosses and White Fabric was a spontaneous participatory art action and poetic intervention. We began going up the mountain at 7:00 am, early enough as I was told by the campesinos* to avoid the flies that come out at the heat of noon. We head over to the site of the ambush where Iván Daza, my father, and a man named Paramaconi were attacked by the Venezuelan army and then disappeared on January 23, 1966—a date I found out while being here although this information is still uncertain.
We went there, for the first time ever, to intervene in the history of state violence of this area by creating 'gestures of care' for the politically disappeared. I brought a bolt of white fabric 100 meters long to mark the site and unbeknownst to me, the campesinos brought with them two hand-forged metal crosses to honor the memory of the dead.
I had only expected four men to come along with me to the mountain, but instead, eleven men, three boys and a driver in a big old truck showed up. They were campesinos from the area, and as we went up to the site, they opened a path with their machetes so that we could approach the place of the ambush. We only came near it. And so, I must go again. They tell me they have seen evidence of bullets on the stones, bushes, and ground along the mountain range. This is a place no one has gone up since the 1960s. I asked the campesinos, “Why have you come all the way up here, with me?" and one of them replied: “Because…we are looking for revolutionaries!”.
*In Latin America, the term campesino usually refers to peoples of Indigenous origin that live on parcels of land, often working for a landlord.
Personal thanks to the campesinos from the hamlet of Cocorote, to René Peralta and Gramonsky en el town of El Tocuyo, in Lara.
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Antigone, diary of rituals N.3: Crosses and White Fabric was created with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Fundación Museos Nacionales-Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Alcaldía de Morán, Venezuela, Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Cultura de Venezuela, the Canada Council for the Arts and the campesinos of Cocorote.