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  • 14 October

    Southbank Centre

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    The year I was born

    (Argentina & Chile)

    Lola Arias

    Nine performers born in Pinochet’s Chile in the 1970s and early 1980s told the stories of their parents living in the grip of dictatorship. Like stunt doubles, the actors re-created their parents’ lives with photographs, letters, cassettes, old clothing, anecdotes and elusive recollections.

    Playful and political, The year I was born gave a seldom-seen and highly personal insight into the impact of a parent’s actions. Two generations faced one another in a reckoning of both the joy of childhood and the dark secrets from a bloody moment in international history.

    LIFT and the Southbank Centre were proud to premiere this new show from Argentinean artist Lola Arias, whose exceptional work using the stories of real people is seared with authenticity.


    Presented with Southbank Centre as part of After a War — a 14–18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commission. A House on Fire project, supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union and the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. Images: David Alarcon.