Workers: Makers of History
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street
Thursday, May 10, 2012, 7:00pm
to Sunday, May 13, 2012, 7:00pm
Opening reception Thursday, May 10, 7:00-9:00pm
Maleta is the word for suitcase in the Philippine language of Tagalog. It also acts as a metaphor for Filipino migration to Canada, symbolizing what we carry, what we are forced to leave behind, and the method of our global movement. Bringing together Filipino-Canadian artists and community, Maleta crosses multi-disciplinary art practices, pushes and raises awareness of the impact of forced migration for economic survival by visually articulating the silent stories of one of Canada's fastest growing communities.
Maleta is a collaborative art project tackling the theme of migration that encourages us to examine neo-liberal globalization, Canada’s need for cheap labour, historical changes in immigration, the search for “efficiencies,” acts of austerity and the impact on all working class Canadians. Through a framework of community collaboration, critical engagement and developing art practice, the Magkaisa Centre engages the Filipino community and Canadian public to look deeper into the struggle of temporary migrants and recent immigrants as part of the larger working class struggle here in Canada.
Visitors are invited to share their “maleta stories” - their direct or distant stories of migration to Canada and contribute to the growth of the installation.