the love stories donation desk
Durational performance and installation

The Love Stories Donation Desk is a pop-up office that collects true love stories from voluntary donors and transfers them to anyone who might need them for any reason - for example, persons who want to get married in order to obtain asylum or residency permits but who are not 'real couples', and therefore need to invent and perform a love story for the official validation interviews and other bureaucratic procedures they might have to undergo.

Those lovers who desire to donate their story will be invited into a process that borrows the format of the official interviews that migration institutions perform in several EU countries (and beyond) when couples from different nationalities want to get married - chiefly when one of them is 'a foreigner'. In these conversations, performed in order to verify if a couple is 'a real couple', the same set of questions is posed to each of the lovers separately, their answers compared for resemblance and their story examined through a series of official criteria of what is legally accepted as a 'couple'.

If a donated love story passes the test, it is archived by the Love Stories Donation Desk and made openly available for anyone who requests one. The Love Stories Donation Desk hence provides applicants with credible and law-fitting love stories, already checked through the filter of official criteria of 'coupledom' and coherence of the answers - ready to wear.

A publication entitled A Love Stories Compendium has been developed in residence at Het Huis Utrecht documenting the stories collected at the office.

Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, October 2017
Antic Teatre, Barcelona, February 2018
Winters Binnen, Amsterdam, February 2018
DAS Theatre, MP Presentations, Amsterdam, June 2018
Art in Oost, QRU, Amsterdam, July 2018
Zurcher Theater Spektakel, August 2018
Upcoming: Teatro Conde Duque, Madrid, March 2019

Clara García Fraile
Rodrigo Batista
Annefleur Schep

In collaboration with Pablo Sacristán

Photos by Giulia Passamonti and Thomas Lenden / DAS Theatre.

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