These 3 filmpoems are a further collaboration between visual artist Wendy Pye and poet Maria Jastrzębska. They arose from a continuation project of the Polish-led cross-arts project, Snow Q. Snow Q’s aim was to re-imagine Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen story exploring contemporary themes of migration, exile, sexuality, gender, social isolation and loneliness.
Maria Jastrzębska’s poems were written in the voices of Crow, a multilingual, timeless trickster, migrant and crone, and Gerda and Kai two young, non-binary identifying young people. The poems include ‘Ponglish’ – a hybrid language of Polish and English. Wendy Pye responded to Maria’s poems and directed and edited the films, using a combination of her own video material with archive footage. Composer Peter Copley wrote the music and Dagmara Rudkin contributed visual art for Lullaby and Crow.
This project was funded by The Arts Council England