What is the Story of Your Name? is an ongoing project that explores domestic labor in the U.S. through my mother’s experience.
PART 1 (2019):
What is the Story of Your Name? is a short film that visualizes the labor of a Brazilian domestic worker at work in South Carolina. In 2020, domestic workers are still excluded from the national labor relations act and the fair labor standards act. Among the least protected are undocumented domestic workers living in the southern U.S. states. Captured using one frame during a single take, this 21 minute film asks the audience to experience the passing of their own time through the labor of another.
PART 2 (2020): Hand embroidered bandana made of pano de chão, cotton thread, wash rag, and cotton fabric.
One of my favorite rituals growing up was watching my mother paint her nails on Saturday mornings after a long week of cleaning the homes of others. When I was embroidering this tree hollow I was thinking about these last 24 years she's spent working as a domestic worker in the U.S. and nostalgic for that time I got to watch her spend on herself. Domestic workers spending time on themselves.