Tania Osorio Harp

Landscapes of Domestic Service

Today in Mexico City, the term “domestic worker” –understood as a person who labors in the setting of a private home as an outsourced service in benefit to a specific household– is usually synonymous with woman, who are typically poor, migrant and often indigenous. To think of domestic workers in Mexico City is to think about marginalized spaces, both of the house and of the city, whose political implications are rarely addressed in the literature of the history and theory of architecture. My research will examine the landscapes that have been (and continue to be) shaped by domestic service, understanding domestic service as a form of care labor that is generally performed in Mexico by indigenous, poor, migrant women. My aim is to answer the following question: how do gender, race and class shape the domestic landscapes of Mexico City?