2014 OPEN CALL > 2014 FESTIVAL THEMATICS AND QUESTIONS > The Maids Entrance

 

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2011, TINAG

This strand investigates the urban landscape conceived, designed and built to accommodate a property owner’s desire to create separate entrances for domestic servants and other bonded/indentured labour.  This includes basements being dug out in London in order to separate foreign domestic servants from immediate family. Historically many terrace houses in UK were designed with a separate entrance (down stairs at front). Popularised through bizarre television shows like Upstairs Downstairs and Downtown Abbey such spatial differences have long part of the urban fabric in British cities. What is the lived experience of these spaces on the lives of the tens of millions living in bonded labour realities? What does it mean to be a servant to globalised capitalism and globalised racism? Who is building our cities and what are their lives like?  

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Last updated on July 15, 2014 by This Is Not A Gateway