Afsana & Rija Mae
The duo „Linked“
is composed of „Afsana“ and „Rija Mae“.
Together they perform rope scenes on stage, for photo shootings and video productions. Also they work as models together.
Rija started her journey into rope-wonderland as the passive part. The fantasies have been in her head since she was a child and she had her first contact with shibari with the Rigger Nawasabi. She discovered the one thing she was craving, and was from then on unstoppable and wanted to discover every aspect rope could give her. She started to tie herself secretly at the beginning, which increased to self-suspension sessions and rope sessions with her beloved bunnies nowerdays.
each other for over 8 years now.
They stick with each other through thick and thin.
They are best friends.
One day Rija persuaded Afsana, her best friend, that she should try rope at least once with her. This one first time was followed by many other sessions; even later photo and video shootings and scenes on stage. They experienced together a new way to interact, to communicate and to share their energy. From now on they are not only linked by their friendship, but also linked by the rope. This became their big passion and they both explore their ways as riggers, bunnies and in self-suspension – as “Linked”, the artist duo, as well as individuals.
This is their
big passion. They are fascinated by all the facets of rope.
They love to create art with rope: as riggers, as rope models, in self-suspension and as rope fashion designers.
Afsana discovered the rope scene in Berlin, so she had the chance to work with international riggers and so had an insight into many aspects of rope. As a bunny, she likes the challenge rope gives her, through pain and exhaustion, the way of discovering new sides and free energy to give away the control. As a rigger, on the other hand, she likes to give those feelings to others as well.
to spread their rope love to everyone: to the audience of their stage scenes, to the viewers of their photos, to the participants of their workshops, to everyone who is curious.
Also, for their projects, they work together with different, partially internationally known rope artists and photographers.
Afsana and Rija Mae are developing their styles together, with the influence of many different riggers and their techniques that it wouldn’t be possible to count them here. Nevertheless they try not to copy any other styles, but mix them all up and create something new – which is always a challenge.