“Chat(t)er Gardens”: A View at the Invisibles. Philippine Domestic Workers in Hong Kong and other Places.
In "Women on Air" at Orange 94.0 - co-organized by the magazine "Frauensolidaritaet" (women's solidarity) - the Philippine activist and artist Corazon Amaya-Cañete, the Austrian photo/video-artist Moira Zoitl and the Austrian cultural-anthropologist Sonja Rappold will discuss topics of domestic workers at the point of intersection of art and socio-political critics/activism.
Corazon Amaya-Cañete photo-works are shown at the "Fotogalerie Wien" within the project of Moira Zoitl “Chat(t)er Gardens. Stories by and about Filipina Workers". Her project wants to be a platform for statements of women artists. The photographer Corazon Amaya-Cañete – who lives and works in Hong Kong - reflects in her expressive and colourful pictures structures of socio-political activism and documents forms of resistance against restrictive migration laws by the government in Hong Kong. More than 218.000 foreign domestic workers live in Hong Kong, 98% of them women and 68% from the Philippines. Reflecting the situation on domestic workers in Austria migrant women are completely invisible and have hardly access to labour-rights: working conditions depend mostly on the "goodwill" of the employers. Domestic Workers develop various creative strategies for their empowerment and networking. Corazon Amaya-Cañete shows impressionate how visible and powerful women can be when they come together.
Corazon Amaya-Canete, Documentary Photographer: http://www.kisapmata.com
EVENT: Exhibition at the Fotogalerie Wien: REALITAETEN - Machtfaktor Wirtschaft
4.04. - 4.05.2005, open: 10:00 - 14:00, Sa, 14:00 - 19:00, Mo bis Fr
- Exchange rate: approx. 70 Philippine Pesos to 1 Euro
- UNIFIL United Filipinos in Hong Kong http://www.unifil.org.hk
- Mission for Filipino Migrant Workers http://www.migrants.net
- Constable, Nicole: “Maid to order in Hong Kong.” Cornell University Press 1997
- Anderson, Bridget: “Doing the Dirty Work? The Global Polititcs of Domestic Labour.” London and New York: Zed Books 2000.
Information about the EU-project on domestic workers: http://www.servus.at/maiz
- "Homes, Caretaking, Frontiers: Immigrant Women Rights and Conciliation..." comparison between Austria, Germany, Spain and Great Britain.
- "Migrantinnen in der Hausarbeit" Austrian research on domestic workers from the migrant organisation MAIZ in Linz.
Articles in the "Frauensolidaritaet":
- "Ich putze Dreck, aber ich bin nicht Dreck!" von Sonja Rappold in: Frauensolidaritaet Nr. 1/2004, S. 10/11.
- "Die dritte Person im Bunde. Neokoloniale Koordinaten in westeuropaeischen Privathaushalten." von Sonja Rappold in: Frauensolidaritaet Nr. 3/2004, S. 16/17.
- "Null Toleranz. Ein Bericht des Europarats zu Sklaverei im Haushalt." Von Eva Kalny in: Frauensolidaritaet Nr. 3/2004, S. 12/13.