Iwona Zając

Welcome to the Memory of Water podcast. In our first episode, Artistic Director, Mary Conlon talks with Iwona Zając, the artist who represents our Polish partner at the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre. She describes her practice, including her iconic Gdańsk shipyard mural, and her artistic interventions for the international residency programme in Greece, Poland and Scotland.

Iwona’s artistic practice explores themes of longing, dreams, and attachment to a place and its past. Her works pay attention to emotions that stem from human experience and the intimate parts of our lives. She starts with the location of a project, collecting detailed information and meeting with the people to whom it will be directly or indirectly related. To avoid intrusive interventions, she develops strong relationships of trust with people, including inviting them to cooperate. Her practice carries respect for time, labour, and care.

In this film produced by the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Iwona Zając, Agnieszka Wołodźko, and Roman Sebastyański talk about working in the former Gdańsk Shipyard in Poland through artistic actions, interventions and discursive events – from pirate radio to rewilding the shipyard.

About Memory of Water:

Memory of Water (2018–2021) is an artist-led project exploring post-industrial waterfront heritage in the context of community development and urban planning. Over two years, the participating artists and partners from six countries are collaborating on twenty-three interconnected activities including City Labs, an international residency programme, and a filmed documentary.

Funded by Creative Europe, the project is developed and delivered by members of the River Cities Platform Foundation. Ormston House is responsible for the Artistic Direction of the project supported by the Creative Europe Ireland Desk, the Arts Council of Ireland, and Limerick Culture & Arts Office, Limerick City & County Council. Our partners are Stad Ostend in Belgium, the Municipality of Levadia in Greece, Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury in Poland, Fablevision in Scotland, and Intercult in Sweden.




Image: installation view of Sun in an Empty Room (2019) in Levadia, Greece. Photograph by Mary Michou. You can find out more about Iwona Zając, her artistic archives, and documentation of her work here.
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