The Guxxi Fabrika Berlin, Germany / Riga, Latvia
by Cote Jaña Zuñiga
“Guxxi Fabrika” is a sarcastic and ironic exercise: an unproductive production chain, a performative party during which the collective investigates how to build an alternative fabrika, creating products without apparent commercial value. “Guxxi Fabrika” challenges the concepts of value, cost and the working conditions within the capitalist system, proposing barter instead of using money. This adventure began in Riga in 2021, during Homo Novus Festival, stemming from the desire to experiment with a project in total creative freedom. Piazza Ganganelli will host “Guxxi Fabrika” for the entire duration of Santarcangelo Festival. The public is invited to participate however they wish: they can choose to help the performers prepare materials to create new accessories, try their hand at cutting and sewing by following set patterns to realise their own projects, or simply negotiate to obtain something. Creativity and generosity are always appreciated, but no money is accepted: only an exchange of objects and experiences. By contributing to the activities, participants will meet stories and people, understand the origin of their surroundings and, in the repetitiveness of mechanical work, become performers of “The Guxxi Fabrika”.
The collective is composed of four women of different ages and professions – Cote Jaña Zuñiga, Klinta Šinta, Anta Pole and Marta Rubene – whose aim is to question traditional models and visions by proposing political and social alternatives based on fun, in the belief that having fun while working is a right. Two of the members have children, and the other two have dogs; three team members live in Riga and one in Berlin. They speak several languages, including Latvian, Italian, English and Spanish. They enjoy working together, in silence or with music, and most of the team loves the same kind of music: 80s rock and big hits.
Access: accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.
piazza Ganganelli, Santarcangelo
duration: stay as much as you like
language: Latvian, Italian, English, Spanish
di Cote Jaña Zuñiga
con Cote Jaña Zuñiga, Klinta Šinta, Anta Pole, Marta Rubene
commissionato da Bek Berger per International Festival of Contemporary Theatre Homo Novus
prodotto da Ieva Breide per New Theatre Institute of Latvia
all'interno del progetto europeo BE PART Art BEyond PARTicipation co-finanziato dal programma Creative Europe
© Laura Celmina