Lagartijas tiradas al sol | Tijuana
Delving into the life of a factory worker
In order to truly understand something, you need to experience it yourself. This was the reason for legendary investigative journalist Günther Wallraff to go work in a factory in 1985 while pretending to be a Turkish migrant worker, allowing him to experience discrimination first-hand and describe the working conditions he encountered in his book Ganz Unten. Inspired by this method, Mexican theatre maker and actor Gabino Rodríguez transformed himself into a labourer named Santiago Ramirez and worked on a factory production line in Tijuana. He lived off of a daily salary of €3.50 and had no contact with his friends and family. Tijuana is the theatrical presentation of that remarkable investigation and the ethical dilemmas it entails. Because just how decent is it as middle-class artist to con your fellow factory workers, turning them into an art project?
"Like Lagartijas other work, “Tijuana” is a considered piece, richly researched and thoughtfully presented"
Concept and performance | Gabino Rodríguez
Based on texts and ideas of | Günter Walraff, Andrés Solano, Martin Caparrós and Arnoldo Galvez Suarez
Codirector | Luisa Pardo
Light | Sergio López Vigueras
Stage design | Pedro Pizarro
Sound | Juan Leduc
Video | Chantal Peñalosa, Carlos Gamboa
Artistic collaboration | Francisco Barreiro