photographic portrait of Lola Malavasi

Lola Malavasi

Co-director of TEOR/éTica, a non-profit independent art space in San José, Costa Rica, focused on contemporary artistic practices from Central America and the Caribbean. As part of this space, she is in charge of educational and research projects, focusing on production by young artists, and rethinking cultural management and artistic education practices. She created and currently leads Alter Academia, a residency programme and formative space for young artists from Costa Rica, built on the principles of shared learning and collective processes. Her curatorial projects include Teramorfosis (2015), and Lo Escrito, Escrito Está (2016), both presented in TEOR/éTica. Alongside Miguel A. López, she curated the exhibition Virginia Pérez-Ratton. Centroamérica: deseo de lugar, MUAC-UNAM, Mexico City, 2019. With Daniela Morales, she edits “Buchaca”, a digital magazine that aims to preserve a critical memory on projects proposed by TEOR/éTica and its collaborators. She graduated with honours, BFA in Art History, Minor in Fashion, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2011.

Testimony

It is a curious thing to be behind the scenes, helping give shape to a time and place that does not exist beyond our own minds and conversations. I see my work as mediator, educator, cultural manager and organiser as a creative practice coming from my personal desire to bring people together by using art as a platform that allows us to meet. Throughout this shaping process I always try to offer
support
hope
generosity
imagination
structure
knowledge
ideas
listening
experience
friendship, and
understanding
But above all, time

Time, I believe, is one of the most important things a person can offer to let others know they care about them, about their projects, ideas and beliefs. Throughout that time together, organizing, listening and participating, I came to realise that connection can happen beyond a physical presence, because offering someone time, and the attention that comes with it, is in itself an act of being open to a connection. We are able to now know each other a little better thanks to the online realm, because we shared time and allowed ourselves to be vulnerable and experiment with this new way of being together. That sense of closeness, in spite of our physical distance, created bonds that can now extend beyond this shared seminar. In the end, the virtual meeting place reminded us that what creates a space – online or offline – is what we as people share with others, and how others allow themselves to be with you.

Lola Malavasi Lachner
San José, Costa Rica
November 2020