Ayo! Ayo! Tomorrow Must Be Better
Oct. 6th, 2021 - Mar. 27th, 2022
Renai Building, Jingmei White Terror Memorial Park
In 2019, at the ICOM General Conference in Kyoto, the Federation of International Human Rights Museums officially announced the launch of its Asia-Pacific branch (FIHRM-AP), headquartered at Taiwan’s National Human Rights Museum. We build an education platform for our colleagues in the Asia-Pacific region, mainly to share more knowledge on the concept of empowerment, engagement, partnership, and collaboration. In response to the theme for International Museum Day 2020, “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion,” FIHRM-AP invited 14 museums and 15 NGOs in Taiwan and formed the 2020 Co-Learning Group on Migration and Human Rights.
In this exhibition, the National Human Rights Museum and 15 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) further transformed the discussion of "human rights and migration" into a joint curation. We looked into the fact that more than 700,000 migrant workers have become an indispensable labor force of Taiwan, the corresponding basic human rights issues such as religion, language, culture, daily life, and working conditions, however, have not been adequately secured with times.
This exhibition leads the audience to measure the distance between migrant workers and Taiwanese people’s daily lives. Migrant workers, Taiwanese people, and NGOs, there are three kinds of "sense of daily life" that interlinked and formed each other. We try to guide the audience to examine the various difficulties behind the legal system of migrant workers on the surface of "seemingly ordinary daily life." After introducing the objects and services migrant workers produce through product catalogs; we take the audience into the working environment to physically experience their working conditions. Furthermore, through the testimony and exhibits of the migrant workers, the audience can learn about the real needs and expectations of their life in Taiwan. This exhibition finally brings out how NGOs have been working for the human rights of migrant workers/ new residents by presenting the important events of the past 30 years of migrant workers in the memorabilia.
We hope that this special exhibition can act a public platform. We look forward to inviting the audience to notice the existence of migrant workers in their daily life, reflect on policies and systematic problems, and finally take action.
The National Human Rights Museum, FIHRM-AP
The Awakening Foundation
Brilliant Time Bookstore
The Garden of Hope Foundation
Khuôn viên văn hoá Việt Nam
National Domestic Workers’ Union
Serve the People Association
Stella Maris Center, Kaohsiung
Taipei Womens’ Rescue Foundation
Taiwan Association for Human Rights
Taiwan International Workers’ Association (TIWA)
Taiwan International Families’ Association (TIFA)
Trans Asia Sisters Association, Taiwan
Vietnamese Migrant Workers and Immigrants Office of the Catholic Church's Hsinchu Diocese
Yilan Migrant Fishermen Union