A look at the family albums of Polish migrants and their new place - The Hague
The photo exhibition ‘We are here. So short, so long’ is an initiative of Polish volunteers from POLKA - Centre for Polish Women in Segbroek (located at the Regenvalk community centre at the Regentesseplein in The Hague) in collaboration with the Pegazik Foundation. The idea for the exhibition came from Patrycja Pyzalska, one of many Polish women who live in this neighbourhood, for whom, just like for POLKA and Pegazik, stimulating the integration of Polish migrants in local society and promoting social cohesion in the neighbourhood are important themes.
Since the enlargement of the European Union in 2004, The Hague has had to deal with a substantial increase in migrant workers from Central and Eastern Europe, and especially from Poland. With this exhibition, we want to show the Polish residents of our city how they (whether they are aware of it or not) are slowly integrating into local society.
On the other hand, with these photos we want to give the Poles who live here a "face" and show how they are part of the local society in The Hague. These are people with their own dreams and problems who, like other residents of our neighbourhood and city, are trying to build a life of here. This is about getting to know each other better, stimulating curiosity about each other, and getting into conversation with each other.
The photo exhibition is a composition of photos that have been taken somewhere in the city by the Polish residents of The Hague and that reflect the lives of "ordinary people" and their stories tied to this place (The Hague). It is a combination of positive stories, moments of happiness and joy that show that this city "does something to them", that it has been a conscious choice for them to live here.