The Books of Waiting | Los Libros de Espera
Canada and USA 2010-2014
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.
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.