Two women share their stories about how they experienced years of fighting for their people’s rights and independence as guerrilla fighters. They tell their stories through textiles, the material that follows us from cradle to grave. Under the harsh conditions of war, textiles are a precious and scarce resource. The women show us, and tell us, how textiles served as a lifesaving tool, as protection and as comfort.
Evin, born in 1985, lives in Berlin, Germany. Evin joined the Kurdish movement when she was 13 years old, as “a gift” to the movement from her parents. For 7 years she lived with guerrilla troops in the mountains, struggling for Kurdish rights and liberation. Later on she moved to Germany. She holds a BA in International social work, and is presently doing her MA on migration and racism in German society. She has elaborated numerous workshops about gender and feminism in Latin American and in the Middle East.
The performance was conceived during a conversation between Hiwet Tesfaldet, Savas Boyraz and Katrine Meisfjord. A conversation about head scarves, continued to a discussion about how textiles were used in a war situation and ended up dealing with weapons and power alliances. Katrine Meisfjord became a bystander to the conversation, and she proposed the idea to make it into a staged conversation with an audience. Savas thus invited his friend Evin, with guerrilla fighter experience equal to Hiwets.
Savas Boyraz is a photographer and filmmaker. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey (1980), and lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Boyraz has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Konstfack, Stockholm and a BA in Photography from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, and has previously studied ethnomusicology, ancient philology, cinema and television. In 2013 he received the Hasselblad Foundation award for New Nordic Photography.