The Books of Waiting | Los Libros de Espera

Canada and USA 2010-2014

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The Books of Waiting 2014 3-channel HD video, audio, 20”x 30" handmade books (bound paper with transparent vinyl and felt), 10:00 Installation images from MAC Caracas and Toronto Art Gallery

The Books of Waiting 2014

This work is a conversation between letters from Irma Paris, my deceased mother, with my poetic responses both in writing and movement fragments, thus collapsing our separation of time and space.

The Books of Waiting seek to make sense of the entangled memories of my mother and I—young wife and preverbal child—on the 'abstract reality' about the political disappearance of Iván Daza, her husband and my father, during Cold War Venezuela.

With a background in dance and somatic practices, in this work, I bear witness to such facts with my whole self. The aesthetic approach is of paradoxical qualities: at once playful yet stark.

The artwork is presented as an installation of three 20” x 30" handmade paper-books working as screens to a 3D mapping of the videos. Each book is a 'chapter' with texts written by Irma Paris and myself.

With 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.
Many thanks to Laura González and Jean Marie Casbarian for their research guidance. For their creative contributions and technical support 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, Mercedes Rodríguez, Yelsi Duarte and Philip Warrick. Special thanks to Roraima Ramos production coordinator to all artistic installations at the MAC Caracas, 2014.
The Books of Waiting. Book One: Unfinished Portraits 2014 Version HD video, sound 11:15 (see Book One performative actions)
The Books of Waiting. Book Two: Disappeared Prayers 2014 Version HD video, sound 09:38 (see Book Two performative actions)
The Books of Waiting. Book Three: What was at the Mountain? 2014 Version HD video, sound 09:03 (see Book Three performative actions)
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. Hawick, Scotland, 2015Installation imagePhoto: Patrick Rafferty