Afterwork takes its point of departure from Para Site’s ongoing Hong Kong’s Migrant Domestic Workers project, a project aimed at engaging the domestic worker community through collaboratively organised public programmes and commissioned artist research.
Afterwork looks at the migrant domestic worker community, Hong Kong’s largest minority group, and tells their stories of migration, labour, and displacement, which are crucial narratives that need to be told alongside the growing affluence of Hong Kong in the past decades. It takes into consideration the representation of migrant domestic workers from various perspectives to provide critical reflection on the persisting issues of discrimination, stereotypes, legal status, housing, rest, and privacy. Alongside the main narrative of economic progress and capitalist growth told by Hong Kong’s majority, the exhibition follows the different historical waves of labour migration in Hong Kong and the world.
Afterwork includes the work of emerging and established artists from Hong Kong and the region, together with a number of historical works and contributions by major international artists, looking at the issues under discussion from different contexts.
In addition to the exhibition, will be the launch of Afterwork Readings, a major anthology of literature about and by migrant domestic workers that is produced in collaboration with KUNCI Cultural Studies Center as the culmination of their project The Afterwork Reading Club (Klub Baca Selepas Kerja).