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Afterwork tackles issues to do with migrant labour

Through the use of a range of media, Afterwork, an exhibition taking place at Ilham Gallery explores the topic of migrant labour

The issues, aesthetics and histories of migrant labour within and beyond Hong Kong’s specific context becomes the focus of Afterwork, an exhibition that sees artists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia, among others, who through the use of a range of media, address issues to do with migrant labour as well as universal structures of class and racial oppression. The work presents an alternative narrative of migrant workers the world over while also tackling the general topic of economic migration throughout the Asian region.

Some artists venture into the personal implications of the presence of domestic workers in households, the public sphere, and the artists’ lives. Others create abstract landscapes that bring a different and necessary vocabulary to address a wide and contradictory array of topics and perspectives, from personal desires and dreams to historical processes.

Afterwork includes works by Abdoulaye Konaté, Alfredo Jaar, Beatrix Pang, Brian Gothong Tan, Daniela Ortiz, Eisa Jocson, Elvis Yip Kin Bon, Fan Ho, Fruit Chan, Gan Chin Lee, Cheng Yee Man (Gum), Harun Farocki, Hit Man Gurung, I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih, Imelda Cajipe Endaya, Jao Chia-En, Lai Loong Sung, Liliana Angulo, Joyce Lung Yuet Ching, Melati Suryodarmo, Jean-François Boclé, Köken Ergun, Larry Feign, Miljohn Ruperto, Maria Taniguchi, Pangrok Sulap, Poklong Anading, Ryan Villamael, Santiago Sierra, Sakarin Krue-On, Sharon Chin, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Taring Padi and Xyza Cruz Bacani among others.

“As a country with one of the highest numbers of migrant workers in Southeast Asia, the issues that this exhibition explores are very relevant and will resonate with audiences in Malaysia. Afterwork also gives us the opportunity to collaborate with Para Site, a leading art space in Hong Kong as part of our commitment to building long-lasting relationships with institutions in Malaysia and the region” said Rahel Joseph, Gallery Director of ILHAM Gallery.

Afterwork takes place from Dec 18 2016 – April 16 2017. For info, log on to