A warm welcome to Agnieszka Ayşen Kaim! We are very much looking forward to shedding light on the untold or unseen stories of powerful women from near and far, from the past and the present.
Hand Measures for Weaving Wrath
Women’s time is about “post-adventures”, consequences of men’s adventures praised by poets. In the background of male activities, women can put spells, surrender to the will of their fathers and husbands, silently move to the shadow when “the other one” takes over. Hunched over a loom, an embroidering, with a crotchet hook in hand like Penelopea, epic women collected anger and thirsted for revenge which was not always a relief, women who don’t have rights to fight for their children like Pasiphae for her baby beast. There are also stories from less far-off places, from behind the wall, neighbourly, but also stories from court testimonies, accounts of nameless wives and daughters, female refugees fleeing from their countries. You will hear traditional, literary, personal, painful, uncomfortable narrations told from a woman’s perspective, disregarded in the obligatory discourses.
Agnieszka Ayşen Kaim is a graduate of Oriental studies, a translator, academic teacher, and storyteller. She chose Oriental studies because of her Turkish descent. She translates because it is the fastest way of moving between the two cultures; she tells stories and teaches to shed light on the complexity of both cultures, their values, traditions as well as personal stories. As part of Grupa Studnia O. she carries out generally Oriental projects, especially Turkish and Persian ones, resorting to epic poems and traditional stories unknown in Poland and Europe as well as personal histories of famous Poles related to the Orient. She has written a novel for children and adolescents: Bahar znaczy Wiosna [Bahar means the spring] (Poławiacze Pereł, 2014, 3rd prize in Książka Roku 2016 award PS IBBY).
Mateusz Szemraj: lute play and guitarist, graduated from the Academy of Music Frederic Chopin in Warsaw, plays various types of stringed instruments, mainly plucked ones, i.e. guitars: classical, electric, fretless and ethnic instruments: oud, rubab, sarod, baglama, cymbals, ngoni. He co-creates several groups and music projects, including: Mosaik Adeb Chamoun Group, Milo Ensemble, Karolina Cicha i Spółka, Phillip Bracken, Dariush Rasouli, Rasm Al Mashan. Mateusz also collaborates with many artists associated with the folk and ethnic music scene and performs theater music in Poland.
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