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HK art exhibit featuring works of Filipino migrant workers opens tonight

26 April 2018

"Beyond Myself' opens in HK after
successful runs in London & Manila

Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong are among those whose works will be on display at the ‘Beyond Myself’ exhibition which will be launched at Hive Spring in Aberdeen at 7-9pm this evening.

The exhibit in Hong Kong follows successful runs at Goldsmiths, University of London and UP Vargas Museum in Manila. It is co-organised by Enrich HK and Curating Development project (a collaboration of Goldsmiths, University of London, University of Hong Kong and Keele University

‘Beyond Myself’ represents the experiences of some of nearly 400,000foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong, majority of whom are Filipinos.

The exhibit focuses on their contributions and sacrifices through language, as well as the images and objects that are produced in their daily lives. It also identifies the major obstacles they face in making their hard work turn into economic benefits for themselves and their families.

Enrich executive director Lucinda Pike explains: "Beyond Myself is 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. 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."

Accompanying events include a special reception for domestic workers on Apr 29, and the screening of the documentary, The Helper, on May 2.

Also featured in the exhibit are the works of various Filipino artists, including Nathalie Dagmang, Hong Kong-based domestic worker group Guhit Kulay, rights organization Voices of Women Media (VOW Media), and National Geographic photo contest runner-up Joan Pabona.

The exhibit is open to the public and will run until Monday to Friday, 9am-7pm, and on selected Sundays, until May 14.

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