We are collaborating with the Tampere based Finnish Labour Museum Werstas on an exhibition that will bring together photos and objects, sights and sounds, feelings and wonders of childhood collected in our ongoing Recollect/Reconnect project. The exhibition provides historical insights into the diverse spaces and times of childhood under socialist regimes in Europe and beyond. With this exhibition, we invite visitors to approach childhood, memories and remembering as a collective exercise in examining and creating connections across past and present political dividing lines.
The exhibition is planned to open in February 2021.
Erica Burman, Susanne Gannon, Madina Tlostanova, Iveta Silova and Nelli Piattoeva discuss the names we have selected for our Slack groups. 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.