Faisal Al Fouzan | Friday Gathering

Country of origin: Kuwait
Project location: Kuwait
Program: Arab Documentary Photography Program
Year: 2014

Friday Gathering is an in-depth exploration of the living conditions of low-income migrant workers. They reside in extremely humble accommodations that border high-end neighborhoods and landmark architecture. These workers literally live on the margins of society, but play a key role in shaping and maintaining its physical environment.

Since the oil boom in the 1970’s, Kuwait has relied on a growing workforce in all sectors. To meet this growing demand, Kuwait relies heavily on migrant workers who often existing outside of labor laws. According to Human Rights Watch, migrant workers constitute 2 million of Kuwait’s population of 2.9 million, including more than 600,000 domestic workers.