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Critical Creation series: The visits (of which there were none) Episode N. 2

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9:00, Monday 6 Jun 2016 (8 hours)
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Dominique Fontaine / Livia Daza-Paris,  
A video and photographic installation.
(All Day Installation)
Livia Daza-Paris presents an investigative work, which considers grief, political displacement and how they inhabit one’s own body and place of dwelling. The visits (of which there were none) Episode N. 2; is a segment being developed in Montreal as part of On Antigone Steps: poetic forensics of the disappeared, its body and land, a multi-year project with investigative nodes in Montreal, Canada; Washington D.C. USA and Venezuela. According to the artist, “The visits…” takes the form of video-portraits outside of “homes” where I have lived in Montreal, as well as typical sight-seeing locations in the city. Next to these performatives interventions captured in the videos, I place a few selected copies of primary-source documents as well as poetic texts on the connectivities between what was disappeared by political oppression and what remains as evidence.”
Livia Daza-Paris is a transdisciplinary artist who has worked with dance, performance,
video, text and documentary evidence. She uses artistic processes within art-based research, disciplines of narrative inquiry and poetic interventions to address historical
trauma. At the core of Daza-Paris’ works are three fundamental questions. Firstly, in the absence of a mourning ritual, when a loved one is disappeared by the state, how do those left behind cope with their own grief under conditions of silence and clandestinity and how does it shape their lives? Secondly, how do we embody land and memories linked to historical trauma that have been made-to-disappear? Finally, how do personal stories extend into a collective story that becomes history?
Dominique Fontaine is a curator and Founding Director of aPOSteRIORI, a non-profit
curatorial platform – researching, documenting, developing, producing and facilitating
innovation in diverse contemporary art practices. Fontaine graduated in visual arts and
arts administration from the University of Ottawa (Canada), and completed De Appel
Curatorial Programme (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). She was Curator for Scotiabank
Nuit Blanche Toronto 2014. Since 2013, she has been contributing to Of Africa, a multidisciplinary and multiplatform program, in collaboration with the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) and other partner organizations.
The Critical Creation Series are curated by Stéphane Martelly and  Lilia Topouzova, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University

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