My Documents | Workshop with Lola Arias

My Documents by Lola Arias is a lecture performance workshop where artists present personal research, a radical experience, a story that secretly obsess them. My Documents has a minimal format: artists with their documents. A way of bringing to light the kind of research that often gets lost in a nameless folder in a computer.

For My Documents | Share your screen (pandemic version 2020) Lola Arias invited several artists, from dance, documentary film, visuals arts and theatre to delve into their personal archives. In this new global version, artists from different parts of the world will be virtually there, in their new domestic stage, showing their archive on a shared screen with the audience. The audience can see the performance live, make comments and exchange visions and insights afterwards.

In Doing It, the Portuguese actor and director Pedro Penim confesses a secret passion that takes him very far across the sea of the internet. In Make me stop smoking, the Lebanese writer and director Rabih Mroué reconstructs the radical heterogeneous landscape of Lebanon, destroyed by crises and wars, with the aid of countless anonymous and personal documents*. In Blue House, the Chinese dancer and documentalist Zhang Mengqi shares her diary of the time she was locked in quarantine in Hubei province, as well as her art experiments in her father’s village. In Lázaro, the Mexican theater company Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol reconstructs the story of an actor who decides to change his face and name and become someone else. In Desireless Tania Bruguera, visual artist and activist from Havana, Cuba, will reconstruct the story of her mother -who recently died- and her country through the things she found in her mother’s house.

LOLA ARIAS (Buenos Aires, 1976) is a writer, theatre director, artist and performer. She collaborates with people from different background (war veterans, former communists, Bulgarian children, etc) in theatre, literature, music, film and art projects. Her productions play with the overlap zones between reality and fiction. Since 2007, se develops her work in the field of documentary theatre. Mi vida después (CTBA, 2009) is based on the biography of six performers who reenact their parents’ youth during the dictatorship in Argentina. Familienbande (Kammerspiele, 2009) deals with role models in a contemporary family with three parents. That Enemy Within (HAU, 2010) is a project about identity made in collaboration with two identical twins. El año en que nací (Teatro a mil, 2012) is based on biographies of people born during Pinochet’s dictatorship. Melancolía y Manifestaciones (Wienner Festwochen, 2012), a play about her mother’s depression. The art of making money (Stadttheater Bremen, 2013) takes a concept from The Threepenny Opera by Brecht to make a play performed by beggars, prostitutes and street musicians from the city of Bremen. And The art of arriving (Stadttheater Bremen, 2015) uses the example of Bulgarian kids living in Germany to develop a scenic tutorial which reflects upon how to start a new life in another country. Her last theatre plays are Minefield (2016), which brings together British and Argentinian veterans of the Falkland / Malvinas war to share their experience of the conflict and life since, and Atlas des Kommunismus (2016), which puts together stories of women between the ages of 8 and 84 with GDR backgrounds at Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin. She also created the exhibition Stunt Double, where four different installations rebuilt the last 40 years of Argentinian social and political history through documents, reenactments, interviews and popular songs; the durational performance Audition for a Demonstration, which was presented in Berlin, Prague, Athens and Buenos Aires; and Ways of walking with a book in the hand, a site specific project for readers in libraries and public spaces. Together with Ulises Conti, she composes and plays music, and released the albums Love is a sniper (2007) and Those who do not sleep (2011). Her projects with Stefan Kaegi are Chácara Paraíso (2007), Airport Kids (2008) and Ciudades Paralelas (2010), a Festival of urban interventions in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Warsaw, Zurich and other cities. She published poetry, fiction and plays: Trilogy (2007, Entropía), The postnuclear ones (2011, Emecé), My life after and other plays (2016, Penguin Random House) and a bilingual edition of her play Minefield (2017, Oberon Books) Lola Arias’ works for theatre have been performed at festivals and venues such as: Lift Festival, Under the radar NY, Festival d’Avignon, Theater Spektakel Zurich, Wiener Festwochen, Festival Theaterformen, Spielart Festival Munich, and in venues like Theatre de la Ville, Red Cat LA, Walker Art Centre, Parque de la memoria, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Royal Court Theatre London.