Opening Doors supported by Create and the Artist in the Community Scheme
Opening Doors (2006) is a collaborative project undertaken with the Domestic Workers Action Group in association with Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, informed by the writings of bell hooks.
Through the active participation in producing artworks that make visible their everyday experiences, the participating domestic workers involved in this project create a new empowering and liberating lived or “third” space that is outside the reach of imposing power dynamics. Through their collaboration in the creation of six large colour photographic pieces, photographic representation and the creation of meaning is placed in the hands of the women themselves. As a response to tensions that occur within the private home as workplace, the women take control of the domestic space and make it their own, revealing to us the invaluable work that they do while simultaneously commanding control of their own image and how they are perceived in Irish society.
The Domestic Workers Action Group continually campaign for the establishment of statutory protections that reflect the reality of their working lives.