the love stories donation desk
* ongoing project

The Love Stories Donation Desk is a touring, pop-up office that facilitates the transference of love stories from people who have them to other people who might need one for any poetic, politic, bureaucratic or sentimental reasons - particularly those people who have agreed to get married in order to get asylum or work and residency permits but need to invent a love story because they are not really a couple.

The donation procedure consists of interviews similar to the ones that non-EU nationals have to pass in many european countries in order to be allowed to wed a EU citizen.

The love stories that pass the test and therefore can qualify as 'real couples' in the eyes of the law, are archived and made openly available in different formats: through collection in person at the
Love Stories Donation Desk, as a video installation, a love story generating machine, a manual book, etc.

Inspired by the organisations of blood donors, the
Love Stories Donation Desk facilitates the formation of an untraceable, actual and concrete entanglement of selfless, mutual support: an invisible band who dares to be concerned with ethics and solidarity above legality, a slow sabotage of immigration laws and of the universal institutionalization of love. Civil registries around the world will get infected with evergrowing recycled love stories: linear law-fitting love narratives where the forests of our lived loving will never be able to fit - until, one day, exhausted, they will stop making sense even to themselves and will be abandoned forever by all the persons who inhabited them, leaving behind only a trace of rotten papers and bodiless databases that no one will ever desire to look at again.

DAS Theatre First Year Presentations, Amsterdam, June 2017
Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, October 2017
Antic Teatre, Barcelona, February 2018
Winters Binnen, Amsterdam, February 2018
DAS Theatre MP Presentations, June 2018

Clara García Fraile
Rodrigo Batista
Annefleur Schep

In collaboration with Pablo Sacristán

Photos by Giulia Passamonti and Thomas Lenden.

clara garcía fraile