What is it like to be a maid?
They could only be seen by the audience in pairs during two closely planned tours.
The resulting works opened up topics related to work, relationships within migrant communities, violence against women (from rape by husbands to abuse of maids), homophobia, racism, hate crimes - a world of previously unaddressed problems.
And yet those works revealed a fascinating cast, imaginative forms of art practice on a small scale, a great love of language, beautiful if crumbling architecture, old-fashioned manners, and millions of buried stories waiting to be told.universes-in-universe.org
A theater maker and dramaturge who is currently directing the second year of Ashkal Alwan 's experimental art school, the Home Workspace Program, Lilienthal tasked his fourteen students with creating new works to be staged in a series of private homes in the neighborhoods of Bourj Hammoud and Khandaq al-Ghamiq, which audiences would see, two by two, in the context of two tightly managed walking tours.
The resulting works tapped into issues tied to labor, relations among migrant communities, violence against women (from marital rape to maid abuse), homophobia, racism, hate crimes - a world of problems heretofore unaddressed.
And yet those works also uncovered a fascinating cast of characters, inventive forms of small-scale artistry and image making, a great love of language, beautiful but crumbling architecture, old-fashioned manners, and a million buried histories waiting to be told.universes-in-universe.org
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