Lola Arias is a writer, theatre and film director and performer. She collaborates with people from different backgrounds (war veterans, former communists, etc.) in theatre, literature, music, film and art projects. Her productions play with the overlap zones between reality and fiction. Her most recent theatre plays are Mother Tongue (2022), Futureland (2019), What they want to hear (2018), Atlas des Kommunismus (2016) and Minefield (2016), which brings together British and Argentinian veterans of the Falkland / Malvinas war to share their experience of the conflict and life since.
She also created the exhibition Stunt Double (2016), in which 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 (2014), which was presented in Berlin, Prague, Athens and Buenos Aires; and Ways of walking with a book in the hand (2017), a site specific project for readers in libraries and public spaces.
Her feature film Theatre of war (2018) was selected for the 68th Forum of the Berlinale Film Festival and screened in numerous film festivals all around the world and awarded with several prizes like the CICAE Art Cinema Award, the prize of the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas and the Ecumenical Jury Award. Arias was also rewarded as Best Director in 20th BAFICI Festival in Buenos Aires.
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), and together with Stefan Kaegi, she developed the projects Chácara Paraíso (2007), Airport Kids (2008) and Ciudades Paralelas (2010), a Festival of urban interventions in multiple cities.
She also published poetry, fiction and plays. Her works have been performed at the most prestigious venues in the world, such as: Festival d'Avignon, Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Royal Court Theatre.
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