Join us for an artist talk and guided walkthough of the exhibition BALIKBAYAN by Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo of the Kwentong Bayan Collective.
This artist talk will unpack the extensive comics and community-based projects created by the Kwentong Bayan Collective in close collaboration with caregivers, advocates and community allies that share real life stories of Filipin@ and Filipinx migrant caregivers who work under Canada’s Caregiver Program.
About the Kwentong Bayan Collective:
Kwentong Bayan is a collective of two Toronto-based artists, Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo. Their artistic mandate is to explore a critical and intersectional approach to community-based art, labour, and education.
Althea Balmes is an artist-educator rooted in community work. She uses her strong connection to her culture and her place as a diasporic Canadian woman of colour to inspire her work and as a way to connect to others. Althea is pursuing a Master of Information degree in User Experience Design at the University of Toronto.
Jo SiMalaya Alcampo is an interdisciplinary artist whose art practice includes community storytelling, interactive installations, and electroacoustic soundscapes. Jo volunteers with Caregiver Connections, Education and Support Organization (CCESO) – an organization that support migrant caregivers and is a member of the Kapwa Collective – a mutual support group of Filipinx Canadian artists, critical thinkers, and healers bridging narratives between the Indigenous and the Diasporic.
For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator, Workers Arts & Heritage Centre at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or email@example.com.
This program is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.