The Hunt Museum
In this exhibition we explore the woman and her current and historic role in the society. The voice of women in all respects was suppressed in the past. In Ireland, the Celtic women have great social function. There were singers, chanters, who circled round the deceased person and performed lamentations called “keening”. Through their singing they were carrying the soul into another dimension. Women were perceived as shamans, who had access to the sacred passage. With the advent of the Catholic Church in Ireland that function has been taken from women since it was perceived and giving them an immense social power. Therefore, women were barred from singing; however, they never remained silent and cultivated the tradition of singing in their homes when putting their children to sleep. When you singing a lullaby to a baby you help him transgress dimension, step from the realm of reality into the realm of dreams. Women and their vocals are therefore medium through which it is possible to pass through the border into another dimension, whether it is a journey of the soul in the afterlife or passing dimension of your consciousness in sleep. During the festival we are exploring the forgotten voice of women and the great value of having a song. We will share songs and lullabies Polish and Irish, trying to restore this beautiful custom of singing to sleep. The theme of the Festival "Transgressing Dimensions" is an invitation to explore the theme of the border, its ethereal and very private nature and the great strength that comes with it. For each of us crossing the border means something else. Therefore, we cordially invite you to journey into yourself and into another dimension.
Lullabies & Keening – Polish artists were invited to take part in the journey into the dimension where lullabies and keening songs meet. We are happy to present their works and invite you to come along and share their sense of truth that evokes from it.