As a research-based artist, my practice develops new frameworks to investigate non-official history and political disappearance in Cold War-era Venezuela as a felt experience. This is explored through what I call ‘ecologies of poetic forensics’ that stems from my Skinner Releasing somatic dance background and from Indigenous knowledge. This process considers ‘more-than-human’ beings—understood here within Indigenous discourse—as witness to state violence.
Livia Daza-Paris is a Venezuelan-Canadian interdisciplinary artist and researcher. She has degrees in Community Economic Development, and in Digital Technologies and Design Art from Concordia University and holds an MFA from Transart Institute. She also obtained her teaching certification in Skinner Releasing Technique in 2001 under the supervision of Joan Skinner. She was a translator and assistant to Joan Skinner Releasing classes’ in Caracas, Venezuela in 1989; organized and assisted Joan on her first ever Skinner Releasing workshop in Toronto, in 1993; and later assisted Joan’s classes in Montreal, in 2002. Daza-Paris has not only been greatly influenced by the Skinner Releasing Technique but also regards and deeply acknowledges Joan’s presence in her life as a remarkable and loving mentor who left a profound influence.
She is completing her Doctoral practice-based research at the University of Plymouth, UK. Daza-Paris’ writings appear in journals such as Performance Research, VIS NORDIC, THEOREM, and Project Anywhere. Her work has been presented at renowned venues including Dance Theater Workshop and PS 122, NYC; DuMaurier Theatre, Toronto, Ruskin Art Gallery, Cambridge, UK; Alchemy Film Festival, Scotland; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas; Optica Gallery, SBC Gallery and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and MAADI.
Languages spoken: Spanish (mother tongue), English. Also basic French and Italian
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Wakefield, La Peche, Quebec. Canada