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The Books of Waiting 2014

The work relates, across time and space, letters from my mother Irma Paris—which I only discovered after she suddenly passed away—and my responses to her in writing and movement in fragments. These seek to make sense of our entangled memories—her experience as a young wife and mine as a pre-verbal child—on the 'abstract reality' of my father's political disappearance during Cold War-era Venezuela.

As an artist with a background in dance and somatic practices, with this work I bear witness to those memories with my whole self. The aesthetic approach is of paradoxical qualities: at once playful yet stark. The Books of Waiting are a conversation between my mother's unfinished letters to me and my response, as poetic written and movement entries, from what is viscerally remembered.

Livia Daza-Paris, The Books of Waiting. Toronto Arts Council Gallery, 2014



The Books of Waiting are presented as an installation of three 20” x 30" handmade books that function as screens to the projected videos in 3D mapping. Each book is a 'chapter'. The texts are written by Irma Paris and Livia Daza-Paris.

Special thanks to Laura González and Jean Marie Casbarian for their research guidance and conceptual advice. Many thanks to: Dominique Doktor, Alba Daza, Xi Feng, Pablo Bonacina, Franklin Romero, Michael Poetschko, Hani Moustafa, Cynthia Nagar, Andrew Telichan, Jonathan Palomar, David Martínez, Sebastián Reyes and Philip Warrick for their creative contributions and technical support. Also special thanks to Albeley Rodríguez hosting curator at the MAC, Caracas, Venezuela.

The Books of Waiting is created with the support from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Fundación Museos Nacionales/Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Cultura de Venezuela and Canada Council for the Arts. The work has been presented by aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival April 2014, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Venezuela July-September 2014, and Alchemy Film And Moving Image Festival, April 2015.

The Books of Waiting. Book One: Unfinished Portraits 2014 11:15

(see Book One performative actions)

The Books of Waiting. Book Two: Disappeared Prayers 2014 09:38

(see Book Two performative actions)

The Books of Waiting. Book Three: What was at the Mountain? 2014 09:03

(see Book Three performative actions)

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Process installation. Toronto Art Gallery, 2014

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Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Venezuela, 2014

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2015 — Photo: Patrick Rafferty