Southwestern College

Calendar Review
In Celebration of Woman's History Month
Date: 3/13/2014 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: Free & Open to the Public
Location: SWC Art Gallery/Building 710
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, California 91910

LABOR MIGRANT GULF    March 13 - April 10     Currated by Doris Bittar

Opening Receptions: Thursday, March 13, 11am & 6 pm, SWC Art Gallery

Artist Talk: Thursday, March 13, 12 pm, SWC Art Gallery

“Labor Migrant Gulf” is a group art exhibit co produced by Southwestern College, Chula Vista, California and Protea Gallery in San Diego. This exhibit coordinates with Gulf Labor Coalition based in New York City whose commitment is to bring awareness to the migrant working poor in the Persian/Arabian Gulf and throughout the world.

Gulf Labor – based in New York City is a coalition of artists and activists who have been working since 2011 to highlight the coercive recruitment, and deplorable living and working conditions of migrant laborers in Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island (Island of Happiness). Our campaign focuses on the workers who are building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum (in collaboration with the British Museum).

"52 Weeks" is a one-year campaign that started in October 2013. Artists, writers, and activists from different cities and countries are invited to contribute a work, a text, or action each week that relates to or highlights the unjust living and working conditions of migrant laborers building cultural institutions in Abu Dhabi. The group exhibit, based in Southern California - San Diego County, "Labor Migrant Gulf" is part of the “52 Weeks” campaign assigned to weeks 21 – 25.

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"Labor Migrant Gulf" explores migrant workers struggles throughout the world with pointed emphasis on workers from Central and Southeast Asia who work in the Arabian/Persian Gulf, Mexican workers on the US-Mexican border, and California’s migrant history. The exhibit at Southwestern College in Southern California joins artists from around the world to bring awareness to the human struggles of the world’s poorest laborers. A sub-theme is the artist’s identification with migrant laborers. Perhaps the artist may be one or two rung above the world’s poorest labor pools. "Labor Migrant Gulf" at Southwestern College will be organized in two parts: One part is a traditional group exhibit of about a dozen artists. The other part is collective wall of pieces made up of art from about 50 artists to form the shape of large boteh or paisley designs. The boteh/paisley is a significant ornamental design that has religious, historical, colonial, counter culture, and labor meaning and inferences. With the boteh/paisley designs we honor Asian migrants that precipitated and inspired this art exhibit.
Doris Bittar, curator for Labor Migrant Gulf