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, 11:56

Camera: 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. With the campesinos* from the area. We began going up the mountain at 7:00 am, early enough to avoid the flies that come out at the heat of noon. We tried to find the site where Iván Daza, my father, and a man named Paramaconi were attacked by the Venezuelan army and later disappeared. While there, I was informed that this event took place on January 23, 1966. However, the certainty of this information is unclear.

For the first time ever, we went there to intervene in this history of state violence by creating 'gestures of care' for the politically disappeared. I brought a bolt of white fabric, 100 meters long, to mark the site, unbeknownst to me, the campesinos brought two hand-forged metal crosses to honour as a remembrance for the dead.

In truth, 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. As we climbed up, they opened a path with their machetes so that we could approach the ambush's place. We only came near it. They said that they have seen evidence of fired guns marked on the stones and trees by the mountain range. To this place, no one has tried to go up since the 1960s. I asked the campesinos, "Why have you come up here with me?" 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.

Images of participatory action and poetic intervention near Cocorote, Lara, Venezuela, 2012

Photos by Livia Daza-Paris and Oscar Torres (campesino from Cocorote)

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Photo credits: Livia Daza-Paris