09. February 2018 - 19:00 till 21:00
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Kwentong Bayan Collective: Balikbayan | Workers Arts & Heritage Centre | Friday, 09. February 2018

Join us for our Winter 2017 exhibition, BALIKBAYAN by the Kwentong Bayan Collective (Jo SiMalaya Alcampo and Althea Balmes).

Opens to the public on January 24th, 2017. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, February 9th, 7 – 9 pm; artists will be in attendance.

The exhibition BALIKBAYAN features a visual timeline of the 150+ year history of caregiving in Canada by racialized women, and Balikbayan boxes that contain migration and labour stories.

In the Filipino language, “balik” means “to return” and “bayan” can mean “country, place, home, or town”.

Since the 70’s, the labour export policy of the Philippine government has forced Overseas Filipino Workers to work abroad to provide for their families. An average of 6,000 workers leave the Philippines each day. One way they maintain a connection with their loved ones is to send home balikbayan boxes home packed with items that symbolize their labour and care.

BALIKBAYAN will transform WAHC into a gathering place to listen to migrant worker stories. In a series of gatherings held over the course of the exhibition, workers from Hamilton and Toronto will participate in a healing soup circle, create storytelling wearables, and plant native seeds. At each gathering, folks can create their own pasalubong (gifts) to take home and share with others.

Visit our website for updates on program offerings presented alongside BALIKBAYAN over our winter season, including an artists talk and exhibition walkthrough with Jo SiMalaya Alcampo and Althea Balmes on Saturday, February 10th at 1:30 pm. #WAHCkwentongbayan

For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or tara@wahc-museum.ca

This exhibition and its auxiliary programs are generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Hamilton Community Foundation.