London and Hong Kong-based Filipino domestic worker artists are set to showcase their work at The Hive Spring in Wong Chuk Hang this month.
The Beyond Myself international art exhibition is presented by NGO Enrich and Curating Development programme at Goldsmiths, University of London, with HKFP as a media sponsor.
Beyond Myself curates visual images produced through participatory arts-based workshops with Filipino migrants led by the Curating Development programme. The workshops were organised in conjunction with local project partners: Enrich in Hong Kong, Kanlungan Filipino Consortium and the Filipino Domestic Workers Association in London.
There are currently 370,000 migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong, 190,000 of whom are from the Philippines. They are an integral part of our lives, caring for our homes, children and elderly. Beyond Myself makes their experiences visible by exploring their contributions and sacrifices through language, images and objects that are produced in their daily lives. The exhibition also identifies the major obstacles they face in converting the fruits of their effort into economic benefits and investment for themselves and their families.
The exhibition will also feature artwork and films by award-winning Filipino artist Nathalie Dagmang, Hong Kong-based domestic worker artist collective Guhit Kulay, and rights organisation Voices of Women Media (VOW Media).
Enrich is a leading Hong Kong charity promoting the economic empowerment of migrant domestic workers.
There will also be a screening of The Helper Documentary and a community reception for the domestic worker community.
The exhibition is FREE and open to all. Accompanying events include:
Exhibition Launch (Free)
Date: Thursday, April 26.
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm (Q&A with the Beyond myself team and artists at 8pm).
Venue: The Hive Spring.
Entrance: FREE. A voluntary donation of HK$100 is appreciated. Please register here.
Reception for Domestic Worker Community (Free)
Screening of ‘The Helper Documentary’ and panel discussion
Date: Wednesday, May 2.
Venue: The Hive Spring.
A panel discussion will consider the role of creative media in sharing migrant domestic workers’ voices and stories. Panellists include Joanna Bowers (Director, The Helper Documentary), Enrich, the Beyond Myself team and a domestic worker speaker.
Directions to The Hive Spring
- Head straight out of Wong Chuk Hang MTR Exit A1 and cross Heung Yip Road.
- Enter the Remex Centre via the loading bay – look for the Coca-cola machine. Enter the first or third elevator.
- Head up to the 3/f.