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 brings together photos, artworks and objects, sights and sounds, feelings and wonders of childhood collected in our ongoing Recollect/Reconnect project. The exhibition provides historical insights with contemporary relevance 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 open between 26.2.–24.10.2021 at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas (Työväenmuseo Werstas), Tampere Finland. Open Tue–Sun 11am–6pm. Free admission. www.tyovaenmuseo.fi
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.
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.