We have collaborated with the Tampere based Finnish Labour Museum Werstas and Tampere University‘s teacher education students on the Kaleidoscope: Children of the Cold War exhibition that brought together photos, artworks and objects, sights and sounds, feelings, and wonders of childhood collected in our ongoing Recollect/Reconnect project. The exhibition provided historical insights – with contemporary relevance – into the diverse spaces and times of childhood under socialist regimes in Europe and beyond. This exhibition invited visitors to approach childhood, memories, and remembering as a collective exercise in examining and creating connections across past and present geopolitical dividing lines. 

The exhibition was open between February 26 – October 24, 2021 at the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas (Työväenmuseo Werstas), Tampere Finland. Open Tue–Sun 11am–6pm. Free admission. www.tyovaenmuseo.fi. The opening event took place on February 25th, 2021 at the museum and online (watch the recording below).

Video recording of the exhibition opening (February, 25, 2020)

Read the opening speeches by Zsuzsa Millei, Iveta Silova, and Nelli Piattoeva here

A smaller exhibition titled A Kaleidoscope of Childhoods: Remembering everyday life during and after the Cold War also accompanies the theatre play in Budapest, Hungary between the 11-24th of September 2020. The exhibition is open between 10am – 8 pm and free of charge, closed on Mondays. Read more about the exhibition in Finnish.

Kylmän sodan muistoista kertova näyttely avattu Budapestissä

Short video of the exhibition in Budapest Trafo

Erica Burman, Susanne Gannon, Madina Tlostanova, Iveta Silova and Nelli Piattoeva discuss the names we have selected for our workshop groups in the online Slack space. Slack has been used to discuss memories of childhood among our 94 participants before we meet in onsite memory workshops in Berlin, Helsinki, Riga and Mexico City in 2019 and in an online memory workshop in 2020. The discussion is about children story figures created in the Eastern Bloc and Soviet Union, and the ways in which, for example, Alice in Wonderland has been repurposed by children in the USSR.