"Female open space invaders / Them Philippines" reflects the mechanisms of appropiation and occupation of the down town financial district in Hong Kong by the migrants. The financial landscape is use as a common ground by the Filipino migrants working as domestic helpers on Sundays, their only day off.
Marisa González is one of the few invited artists to participate in the 13 Architecture Venice Biennale 2012. The director and curator of the Biennale is David Chipperfield and the subject is Common Ground.
In the Giardini Central Pavilion one room is dedicated to Norman Foster’s HSBC Bank building in Hong Kong. The room comprises a model and original drawings by Norman Foster, Andreas Gursky’s photograph “Hong Kong Bank” and several videos by Marisa González.
This building is part of the work of Marisa González in her project of photographs and videos, “female open space invaders” and in her video “ellas filipinas”.
In Hong Kong, China, more than 150.000 Filipino women works as domestic helper. In their only day off, Sundays, they invade the down town financial and commercial district, where they transform and occupy the streets, bridges, parks, plazas, and also the HSBC Hong Kong Bank. It is their meeting point, their territory where they transport their own habits, culture, and traditions one´s a week.