My installation ‘Pendatang/Arrivals: Pocket Seas Series‘ (2008) is part of Afterwork, an exhibition about migration, class and labour in Asia.

18 Dec 2016 – 16 Apr 2017

Ilham Gallery
Levels 3 & 5, Ilham Tower
No. 8, Jalan Binjai
50450 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: Tues – Sun 11am – 7pm, closed on Mondays



About the Exhibition

Afterwork is a major group exhibition exploring issues of class, race, labour, and migration in the region and beyond, as well as their corresponding aesthetics and histories. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Para Site, a leading contemporary art centre in Hong Kong and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. Afterwork premiered in Para Site, Hong Kong in March 2016 and is curated by Freya Chou, Cosmin Costinas, Inti Guerrero, and Qinyi Lim.

Migrant domestic workers are Hong Kong’s largest minority group and one of the most visible components of the city’s society. Migrant workers in construction, agriculture, and services, alongside domestic workers also represent a significant social group in Malaysia and other countries in the region. In most of these places, migrant workers’ legal and symbolic status are matters of constant negotiation, reflecting the many complexities behind the continuing nation building processes of our times.  The stories of migrant workers in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and elsewhere are crucial narratives that need to be told alongside the growing affluence of many of these societies in the past decades, together with the stories of struggle of what is considered the ‘local’ working class and of other historically disadvantaged groups, and on the backdrop of the different historical waves of migration that have shaped so much of our world.

Afterwork includes the work of artists of different practices, contexts, and generations. Several artists navigate directly the main thematic map of the exhibition; others chose a more personal approach, looking at the presence of domestic workers in households, the public sphere, and the artists’ lives. Another group of artists create abstract and poetic landscapes that bring a different and necessary vocabulary in an exhibition that tries to address such a wide and contradictory array of topics and perspectives, from personal desires and dreams to historical processes.

In addition to the exhibition, Para Site is publishing Afterwork Readings/Babasahin Matapos ang Trabaho/Bacaan Selepas Kerja/工餘, an anthology of migrant and domestic worker literature conceived in collaboration with KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This major volume about and by migrant workers contains short stories, poems, and excerpts from novels and plays, written by classical literary figures of the region, established contemporary authors, as well as domestic workers. It is printed in four different languages (Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, English, and Tagalog), with the hope of creating a platform to facilitate the encounter and exchange through literature between the different migrant worker communities. It also aims to bring together the most relevant and important texts on this issue written in our region over the past century, as well as to promote the work of the most promising writers from among the domestic workers community.


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

The current iteration of Afterwork  is organized by ILHAM and Para Site, Hong Kong. Afterwork  was first shown at Para Site in March 2016.

Afterwork  is curated by Freya Chou, Cosmin Costinas, Inti Guerrero, and Qinyi Lim.

(Images and text by Ilham Gallery)