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The Books of Waiting 2014

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

With a background in dance and somatic practices, the artist bears witness to such facts with her whole self. The aesthetic approach is of paradoxical qualities: at once playful yet stark. The Books of Waiting are a conversation between the mother's unfinished letters, and the artist poetic responses, in this way, collapsing their separation between time and space.


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

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

Special thanks to Laura González and Jean Marie Casbarian for their research guidance and conceptual advice. 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 and Philip Warrick. Also, many thanks to Albeley Rodríguez curator at the MAC, Venezuela and to Roraima Ramos production coordinator to all artistic installations at the MAC Caracas, 2014.

The Books of Waiting was 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