The Forum in Norwich is hosting an art installation based on an epic journey to Siberia by Adrian Palka, a senior lecturer at Coventry University who lives in Hackford near Reepham.
Inspired by an inherited wartime diary describing his father’s and grandfather’s experience of the deportation Gulag, the installation features video, sound recordings, poems and photographs taken during the trip undertaken in 2013 by Mr Palka and a team of artists/researchers.
The multi-media installation – Bark & Butterflies – will be held from Monday 28 – Thursday 31 January, 9 am – 5 pm daily, free admission. (The title refers to stories of the need for exiles to eat birch bark and butterflies to survive.)
It has been shown at galleries and events across Europe, including the Kresy-Siberia Foundation Conference, Warsaw, Poland; Kunst am Spreeknie Festival, Berlin, Germany; Klangland Sonic Art Festival, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany; and the Coventry Peace Festival, Coventry, UK.
There will also be a free, illustrated talk by Adrian Palka on the Second World War Polish exile to the Gulag, held in the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library on Thursday 31 January at 7 pm. Tickets are available from the Norfolk Polish Heritage Group.