Chris Dobrowolski has lovingly repaired his family Triumph Herald Estate so he can drive it from his childhood home in Braintree, to Rome, via Turin, where this quintessentially English car was designed. Part investigation into his father’s time as a Polish soldier in the Italian Campaign, and part musing on consumerism, All Roads Lead to Rome brings together car mechanics, a road trip, dictators and the fetishisation of possessions, into a solo performance using old photos, new film and mechanical objects.
Elīna Kalniņa: Be Yourself! (Esi Pats! in Latvian) is a virtual exhibition that brings together the stories of 5 children, who were part of the Soviet deportation transports from Latvia. These stories – voiced by child actors – are told through sound, image, animation and film. Be Yourself! was shortlisted for the 2016 Japan Prize, the Education Contest for International Media.
Simon Puriņš will screen two short films on continuous loop. Peeling Onions with Granny is an imagined and fragmented conversation-meeting between the artist’s grandmother Marija (deported to Siberia in 1941) and her great grandaughter, Iza. (Grand)father Walking…You’ll see Glimpses uses fragments from the family archive to build a personal and emotive reflection upon his grandfather Konstantins’ arrest and KGB trial in 1950, exile and repatriation to Latvia in 1956.
Adrian Pałka’s Steel Undone is a performance/installation which plays with the idea of undoing history. Inspired by a passage from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5, footage of the Battle of Britain will be projected in reverse onto the resonating sheets of “the Steel Cello” and “Bow Chime”. These are musical-sculptures built from steel wires and sheets, creating an eerie sound commentary on the film, the Bunker and its history, as well as current events in and around it.
Teresa Murjas created her installation Surviving Objects using some things found in her mum’s living room. All of them connect with Irena’s wartime childhood journey, which started in Poland, took in Siberia, Iran and Africa, and ended in England.
Nicola Werenowska: Drawing on her play SILENCE, which addresses the intergenerational effects of war and displacement through the lens of the UK’s postwar Polish community, Nicola Werenowska will explore a women’s journey from Poland to Siberia to the UK through monologues and discussion.