Maids display their creative side with global art exhibition
Artworks tell of the hardships and achievements of migrant workers
Migrant workers tell their stories in artwork, photos and film at an international exhibition in Hong Kong that has already attracted enormous attention in the United Kingdom and the Philippines.
“Beyond Myself” features creative works by Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong and London that showcase their hardships, sacrifices, struggles, empowerment and achievements, sunwebhk.com reported.
Co-organised by Enrich HK and Curating Development project, the exhibition has had successful runs at Goldsmiths, University of London, and UP Vargas Museum in Manila.
Enrich executive director Lucinda Pike said “Beyond Myself” was unique “because the artwork, photography and stories are created and told by migrant domestic workers themselves, through their day-to-day experiences, dreams, struggles and achievements”.
She added: “Enrich strives to empower domestic workers with financial education and a particular theme that is creatively explored in the exhibition are their financial goals and difficulties.”
A number of Filipino artists have their works exhibited, including Nathalie Dagmang. Hong Kong-based domestic worker group Guhit Kulay, rights organization Voices of Women Media and National Geographic photo contest runner-up Joan Pabona also participate.
There are almost 400,000 migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong, including 190,000 from the Philippines.
The exhibition is being staged at the Hive Spring in Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island, until May 14. It is open from Monday to Friday and on selected Saturdays and Sundays.