This year's GDYNIA ZONE is intended to create a place for discussions and reflections on the changes and values, that the latest residents of Gdynia bring.
From the very beginnings, Gdynia's urban identity was created by migrants, who constituted almost 90% of the local community in the 1930s. The unique character of Gdynia was captured by the German artist, Florian Tuercke, invited by the Emigration Museum, in the video work Urban Audio. Gdynia. The film depicts the city on the visual and audio levels. The multi-layered, moving portrait reveals the complex face of Gdynia, a place built by the migrants who arrived in the 1920s.
The dynamics and scale of modern migration, global movements from one place to another, and the relentless attempts to control them are all threads explored by Portuguese artist, Marco Godinho, invited to the exhibition. During Open'er Festival, in cooperation with the audience, he will create a site-specific installation, Forever Immigrant.
4 – 6.07 | 4:30 PM, 6:00 PM
This year’s edition of STREFA GDYNIA combines a unique architectural form with engaging content and collaborative narrative building around the terms city and migration. The specially designed space is a place for meetings and open talks about changes and values brought by newcomers.
Join this art project which tells a story of global migration processes and help us find answers to questions regarding the status of migrants in today’s world. We invite you to meet and talk with Marco Godinho, with whom we are creating a unique and moving artistic installation “Forever Immigrant”.
Meetings last approx. 45 minutes, and can be conducted both in Polish and English, depending on the needs of the group.
The GDYNIA ZONE concept: Emigration Museum in Gdynia
Curator: Maksymilian Bochenek
Somewhere in the world there is such a place where tens of thousands people come each year to participate in the Open’er Festival. They long for those few days when time and space no longer matter. Something magical happens, something that loses its greatest value when it’s described afterwards – namely one’s direct experience of the here and now. It all happens in Gdynia – a city-legend of the Polish sea, a city built on sand, a city of youth and sea breeze. During these few festival days Gdynia and Open’er are one and invite everyone to whom the beating heart of music is close. The word Gdynia is pronounced in a dozen or so languages and you can meet people from all over the world in the streets. Seaside boulevard, beach in the heart of the city, beautiful modernist architecture – are just a few of Gdynia assets. There is no other place in Poland, where while being at the beach you are still in the city.
Gdynia never sleeps, it is vibrant with youth and music, its seaside lights glitter in the surface of the sea and greet you. You don’t believe? Come to Open’er and return as often as you wish. And if you feel it’s your place on Earth – stay here for life!