Interview with Thuraya Al-Baqsami

Title

Interview with Thuraya Al-Baqsami

Description

Thurayya Al-Baqsami talks about her early childhood memories between a boarding school in Lebanon and the neighborhoods of old Kuwait. She talks about how these early childhood experiences influenced her art and enriched her imagination. She delves into the differences between the strict boarding school education and the bohemian upbringing she experienced in Kuwait.
Al-Baqsami discusses living with her extended family in Kuwait in the 1960s. She describes in detail the different houses they occupied and growing up with her siblings and cousins. She also talks about the education system in Kuwait in that era. Throughout her description of childhood memories, she emphasizes the role of folklore and her Iranian heritage in shaping her life and art.
Moving into her adult life, Al-Baqsami talks about studying abroad in Russia, getting married, and having her first child there. After her time in Russia, she discusses her life as a diplomat’s wife in Africa. She then talks about going back to Kuwait in the 1980s, joining the workforce, and the drastic changes that Kuwait went through.
Al-Baqsami focuses on the invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and living through the occupation. She talks about joining the resistance and the struggles they faced daily. She tells the story of the liberation of Kuwait in 1991 and the capturing of her husband by the Iraqi forces. She also reviews her art during and after this period, up until the 2000s.

Date

29/11/2017

Format

audio

Language

Arabic

Type

Oral History

Interviewer

Reem Al-Ali

Interviewee

Thuraya Al-Bagsami

Location

Meshrif, Kuwait

Original Format

audio

Duration

6 hours

Files

thuraya new.jpg


Citation

“Interview with Thuraya Al-Baqsami,” AUK Oral History, accessed August 7, 2020, http://aukoralhistory.org/items/show/3.