Kurdistan Photolibrary and Kurdish Women

On behalf of the Asia and Pacific Museum and the Jagiellonian University we have pleasure to invite you to the meeting with Edith Maubec – Madame Chris Kutschera, the creator of the digital photo archive Kurdistan Photolibrary, which will take place 10.06. 2021, 6 PM (CET).



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Meeting ID: 927 4471 4732



The seminar is part of the exhibition which is currently taking place in the Asia and Pacific Museum (Warsaw) entitled Jin, jiyan, azadi (Women, life, freedom) – daily life and social involvement of Kurdish women in Kurdistan and the diaspora, which was organized in cooperation with Kurdistan Photolibrary. The exhibition was planned in the scope of the research project Activism and Its Moral and Cultural Foundation: Alternative Citizenship and Women’s Roles in Kurdistan and the diaspora funded in the scope of the Grieg program of the National Science Centre-Poland from the Norway Grants.



“Chris Kutschera” is the pen name of the French couple Paul and Edith Maubec who in the 20th century devoted many of their journalistic efforts to the Kurdish people. While Paul was writing about the Kurds, Edith took photographs and initiated the online photo archive in order to make Kurdish life and history available in an insightful and rich visual form. This exhibition is therefore also a tribute to their work and efforts. According to Chris Kutschera: “Media, writers, publishers, students, researchers, and institutions are writing the history of the Kurds. But with the digitalized photos of the Kurdistan Photolibrary we add a tool to the study of Kurdish history, by providing illustrations that are accessible globally. Importantly, our goal has been to archive and preserve for current and future generations a continually expanding photographic collection.” The exhibition presents photographs by Chris Kutschera, but also by other authors as well as from the Kurdish family and organizational archives.