Rafika Chawishe, who has recently completed the Lincoln Theatre Center Director’s Lab 2018 and re-enacted the resistance immigrant Alcira Soust Scaffo did back in 1968, when the army invaded the Autonomous University of Mexico, talks about her theatre of the refuge. The Greek-Syrian actress-director has been raising questions about racism and post-colonialism for years. Her new work, Europeana, is an immersive journey into the surreal terrain of the European Union in crisis, as xenophobia and populism flourish and as surveillance and border controls expand.
Born in 1986 in Greece Rafika Chawishe is an awarded theatre director, site-specific performance artist, actress and visual artist. Her theatre company, zlap collective, consisted by local and refugee artists has the aim to produce theatre, visual installations and site-specific performances that investigate our world, mostly focusing on post-colonial European tactics and the border policy around the Mediterranean basin questioning what nationality, citizenship and belong means. She is a dynamic children rights' activist and has worked extensively with unaccompanied refugee minors at the first reception center in Lesvos, Moria, Greece.
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