“Every place has its history”, as the coordinators of the Warsaw-based project “Tu było” [“It was
here”] write. They encourage the inhabitants of Warsaw to narrativise the space, to describe its
history, to communicate and assign (or rediscover) meaning to streets, buildings and park benches so
that these anonymous “non-places” can become familiar to their users.

The people involved in the “Metropolitanka” project in Gdańsk share similar aims. They have decided
to reveal the less well-known history (or rather: her-story) of the Gdańsk Shipyard. It is a silent and
barely remembered story because it was and is shaped by women. This industrial part of Gdańsk
appeals to anyone who has seen its cranes at work. “Solidarity, Lech Wałęsa, August 1980 – right, we
know it all, but where were the women at that time?” – this question was the starting point for the
activists cooperating with the Urban Culture Institute. For several years now they have been trying to
reclaim the memory of the “Shipyard Nike”, to paraphrase the title of Iwona Zając’s work.

We would like to invite you to participate in a discussion about urban narratives, about embedding
text in walls, gates and tenement houses. Thickening and broadening the story will make everyone
feel more “at home”.

The meeting will accompany the “it was / it is / it will be” exhibition. It will be moderated by Bartek
Lis, and the participants will include Janek Wiśniewski (The Unit for Social Innovation and Research –
SHIPYARD, Warsaw) and Anna Urbańczyk (Urban Culture Institute, Gdańsk).