The Books of Waiting | Los Libros de Espera
Canada and USA, 2010-2014
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.
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.
Process installation. Toronto Art Gallery, 2014
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Venezuela, 2014
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2015 — Photo: Patrick Rafferty