Kwentong Bayan Collective completed a four-month residency at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre in Hamilton. Many thanks to everyone who supported the BALIKBAYAN exhibition and monthly Caregiver Gathering Series from January 24 - April 21, 2018. Special thanks to all the caregivers, facilitators, sponsors, funders, and WAHC team!
Please join Kwentong Bayan Collective for our first solo exhibition: BALIKBAYAN at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre from January 24th to April 21st, 2018.
The exhibition BALIKBAYAN features a visual timeline of the 150+ year history of caregiving in Canada by racialized women, and Balikbayan box sculptures that contain migration and labour stories. In the Filipino language, “balik” means “to return” and “bayan” can mean “country, place, home, or town”.
In Love and Struggle (2017)
Kwentong Bayan Collective
October 16 - November 4, 2017
Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid
Kwentong Bayan Collective will present a talk at the Toronto Public Library as part of Asian Heritage Month and the Artists in the Library Program.
We will explore the work of Filipino Komikeros (traditional komik-makers) of past and present and how we use comics as Fil-Canadians to reframe Filipinx narratives in Canada.
We will share how we understand colonialism through readings of historical cartoons and comics during the American occupation of the Philippines.
And we will share excerpts of "Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love", our on-going community based comic book project -developed in close collaboration with caregivers, advocates and community allies - about the real-life stories of Filipinx migrant caregivers who came to Canada through the Caregiver Program (formerly known as the Live-in Caregiver Program). These are stories of love, struggles, friendships, and community empowerment.
Monday May 8, 2017
7 - 8 PM
Toronto Public Library
Lillian H. Smith Branch
239 College Street
Free event. Accessible space.
Please come scent / fragrance-free.
For more info: <https://goo.gl/9HBiSi>
Please join us for BAYAN - a group exhibition presented by A Space Gallery featuring Kwentong Bayan Collective (Althea Balmes + Jo SiMalaya Alcampo), Hector Barretto Calma, and Jaret Vadera. Essay by Kim Abis.
A Space Gallery Mainspace
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 110
BAYAN runs from November 18 to December 17, 2016
Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 5 pm
and Saturdays 12 to 5pm
More info: www.aspacegallery.org
Kwentong Bayan is featured along with Sam Bradd, Nicole Marie Burton, Ethan Heitner, Orion Keresztesi, David Lester, Matt McInnes, Simon Orpana, Kara Sievewright and Tania Willard in an exhibit featuring past and present stories of labour activism in Canada. From the historic Stelco strike of 1946 to the experience of migrant care workers in the 21st century, this show reflects the diverse work of ten comic artists and collectives from across Canada.
The exhibition runs from September 9 until December 17, 2016 at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, located at 51 Stuart Street in Hamilton, Ontario.
Kwentong Bayan Collective will participate in the Educational Forum for Live-in Caregivers presented by Caregiver Connections Education & Support Organization (CCESO)
Saturday July 23, 2016
North York Community House
700 Lawrence Avenue West, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
Closest accessible subway is Lawrence West station.
11 AM - 1 PM
Artist Talk & Sharing
Kwentong Bayan will talk about their involvement at Pride in solidarity with Queer & Trans Migrant Workers and Live-in Caregivers and support an intentional community dialogue about the political roots of Pride - from the first march to the recent Black Lives Matter protest.
We will also launch two publications: “Drawn To Change: Graphic Histories of Working Class Struggle” featuring Kwentong Bayan’s comic on the history of the Live-in Caregiver Program and “Chimpoy Champoy” an instructional ‘zine on Filipino Street Games by Althea Balmes and Kat Estacio. Join us for discussion, community art-making and learn some Larong Pinoy games!
1 PM - 4 PM
Educational Forum facilitated by CCESO
Topic: “How do recent changes to immigration policies affect the status of migrant workers in the Live-in Caregiver & Caregiver Program?"
Guest speaker: Macdonald Scott, Immigration Consultant with Carranza Barristers & Solicitors, member of No One Is Illegal. All are welcome to participate in the Q&A session.
FREE EVENT. Sharing will be in Tagalog & English. LGBTQ Positive Space.
Accessible building. Fragrance-free space.
Presented in partnership with CCESO and venue sponsor: North York Community House.
Kwentong Bayan Collective has contributed a 10-page mini-comic about the history of the Live-in Caregiver Program to the anthology, “Drawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working Class Struggle”, edited by the Graphic History Collective with historian, Paul Buhle.
Please join us for the book launch and signing on May 7th. This free event is part of the LabourStart Conference.
Date: Saturday May 7, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Room 1, Accessible building. Please come scent-free.
Closest accessible subway is DUNDAS.
We acknowledge the historical and traditional territories of the the Wendat (Huron) Confederacy, the Petun, the Wyandot, Haudenosaunee, and Anishinaabek.
Full conference programme: https://labourstarttoronto2016.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/conference-programme/