The Books of Waiting. Book One: Unfinished Portraits

Selected performative actions. Canada and USA 2010-2012

These Unfinished Portraits question the nature of portraiture and temporality. They study the mimetic imagination: a mind-emotion activity that viscerally engages the body and the senses to access, navigate, and make meaning of memory that goes beyond cognitive language. The performativities engaged the mimetic imagination from visceral memories.

Retrato al revés

Detroit, US 2012 01:23Camera, performative action: Livia Daza-ParisVoices: Alba Daza, Livia Daza-ParisSound composer: Pablo Bonacina Editor: Sebastián Reyes

The Story in the Letters | La historia en las cartas

Detroit, US 2012 03:32Camera, performative action, voice: Livia Daza-ParisSound composition: Andrew Telichan Editor: Sebastián Reyes, Xi Feng

The Ambush | La emboscada

Canada, Quebec 2011 00:59 Camera, performative action: Livia Daza-ParisEditor: Hani Moustafa

To tell you | Decirte

Canada, Toronto 2011 02:53 Camera, performative action, voice: Livia Daza-ParisSound engineering: Andrew Telichan Editor: David Martinez
The Books of Waiting. Book One: Unfinished Portraits 2014 11:15

The Books of Waiting began from performative actions based on personal memories recorded between 2010 and 2012. A narrative developed from an embodiment exploration of such memories and organized in video-chapters, including my texts interspersed with letters from my mother, which I found after her sudden death in 1999.

The recordings took place in non-controlled spaces in Canada and the United States. The work expresses dimensions—from deep within the body—of state violence's intangible impacts.