This is Joan Lao; An Artist and Designer
I was born and raised in a small country in the Middle East called Bahrain. Contrary to popular belief, OFWs’ kids like me are bound to return to the Philippines after studying due to the lack of citizenship opportunities in the Middle East. I knew I’d eventually end up here.
The reactions I received were moving––I received messages from TCKs who caught wind of the installation, saying that they were thankful. Since then, I set out to expand “Tahanan” to reach more people like me. In 2017, I made a follow-up piece which was a website where people abroad could view the installation in full. Now, in 2018, I had completed my thesis project which allows TCKs to post their memories of Bahrain and develop a community through it, still under the same theme of “Tahanan”.
Home is definitely still a concept I hold close to my heart, both as an artist and a person. I look forward to where this will all take me, in hopes that others like me will also come to terms with who they are, as people born from two cultures.