Paula Chaves Bonilla is a Colombian director, performance artist, dancer, writer and activist based in Amsterdam. Her artistic research investigates social phenomena in a journalistic way—censorship and resistance, gender issues, art in a neoliberal-capitalist context—and transforms her findings into theatrical performances. Fiction is used here as a way to highlight truths often obscure in our contemporary western culture and as a vehicle to imagine how we could live if domination and profit oriented logics were not the core values of our society.
Her works have been presented at Moving Futures Festival (NL), Theater Aan Zee (BE), My Wild Flag (SE), Theaterspektakel (CH), Impulstanz (AU), Welcome to our Guesthouse (NL), Abundance Chapter - Het HEM (NL), International Queer Migrant Film Festival (NL), a.o.
In 2020 she co-founded Papaya Kuir, a lesbotransfeminist collective using art to generate a sense of belonging and ignite transformation in the Queer Latinx Migrant community.