Outcomes

Bark and Butterflies
Publication by Adrian Palka
Bark and Butterflies
Jan Pałka, Adrian and Kalina Palka's father
Bark and Butterflies
Zygmunt Pałka, Adrian and Kalina's grandfather
Bark and Butterflies
The team, from left to right: Wolfram Spyra, Roksana Vykaluk i Adrian Palka
Bark and Butterflies
The River Cymysz, crossed by Jan and Zygmunt Palka near the end of their journey to Siberia
Bark and Butterflies
Reflecting on many days' train travel, following Jan and Zygmunt's path in 1940
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Lwow - the city where the journey began, once in Poland but now in Ukraine
Bark and Butterflies
Many hours' photography and filming from the train windows ...
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Adrian Palka, having crossed the River Volga, explores the station at Samara
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In the Siberian taiga, local people helped the team trace the final stages of Jan and Zygmunt's journey into captivity
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In the taiga, Jan Palka's face projected onto a team member's hand
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Surrounded by butterflies in the summer taiga
Bark and Butterflies
On the Kresy-Siberia stand at the 'Who Do You Think You Are?' exhibition, Olympia, London

 

The outcomes from this journey included an installation that has been shown at several exhibitions, conferences and other events, and a digital publication.

Bark and Butterflies installation

  • The multimedia installation and exhibition centres on a wooden shed (above) which could be a sentry box, a shelter or a shrine. It contains a refugee's suitcase filled with bark we collected in Siberia and a video of the butterflies we collected there. It has been shown at galleries and events including the Kresy-Siberia Conference (Warsaw, Poland), Kunst am SpreeKnie Festival (Berlin), Klangland Sonic Art Festival (Kasseler Kunst Verein, Kassel, Germany) and the Coventry Peace Festival (Coventry, UK)..
  • A digital Ibook of 28 pages documents the installation, the journey across Siberia by Palka and his colleagues during 2013 and the artistic interventions that took place during its course. View here (PDF, 10Mb).

Schools talks

May 2014. In cooperation with the Polish Community Centre in Springfield Road, Coventry, Adrian Palka presented his project to a class of 25 Year 10 children from Polish families attending Bishops Ullathorne Catholic School.

June 2014. Adrian presented the project to Year 3 primary school children at Reepham, Norfolk - the school attended by his daughter.

schools talks at Reepham and Coventry

Who Do You Think You Are? Exhibition, Olympia, London

The project was presented on the Kresy-Siberia group stand at the Who Do You Think You Are? Family History exhibition in February 2014. This event, run by the National Family History Centre, was attended by 20,000 people.

Society of GenealogistsKresy-Siberia stand at Olympia

Online publication/archive

Kresy-Siberia website. The Kresy-Siberia group is an international charity which promotes research and dissemination of knowledge about the deportations from eastern Poland to Siberia. The diary has been published in scanned and transcribed/translated formats in their online virtual museum.

Kresy-Siberia Virtual MuseumKresy-Siberia website

HistoryPin. A selection of images from the project has been uploaded to the Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories channel at www.historypin.com, a global community collaborating around history. Click here to follow the Palka Diaries tour.

Leeds City Museum digital archive. Leeds City Museum has commissioned a reading of the diary as a digi-story for its digital archive.