Filipinos are recruited and deployed to all parts of the world, usually in wealthier countries, as an army of laborers to perform the work that has been deemed to expensive for their own citizens to do. These jobs tend to be manual and involve a lot of toll on both the physical and emotional self. Although very much in the public eye, they are treated as third class citizens, expected to be fully subservient to their employers and surviving on pay that is below standard.

This hypothetical exhibition aims to share the history and experience of the Filipino migrant workforce through displays of relevant items. The visual language is derived from the neon-colored flyers used at employment agencies to advertise available work.

credits: Student work produced at MICA under the guidance of Clay Kippen


Citizen, Third Class