We Can Be He­roes

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It’s not only in the Philip­pines where our mi­grant work­ers are her­alded as mod­ern-day he­roes. “After­work,” a ma­jor group ex­hi­bi­tion cur­rently on view at ILHAM Gallery in Kuala Lumpur gath­ers artists from the Philip­pines, Malaysia, and In­done­sia—coun­tries known for their over­seas la­bor force—to ad­dress and ex­plore is­sues and his­tory re­lated to mi­grant la­bor, from cen­turies of ex­ploita­tion and racial op­pres­sion to per­sonal sto­ries of sac­ri­fice and strug­gle, as well as the work­ers’ hopes and dreams. “After­work” in­cludes art­works by cel­e­brated Filipino artists Pok­long Anad­ing, Ryan Vil­la­mael, Xyza Cruz Ba­cani, Miljohn Ru­perto, Maria Taniguchi, and Imelda Ca­jipe En­daya, and their con­tem­po­rary artist peers from the re­gion in­clud­ing Ab­doulaye Konaté, Beatrix Pang, Bon, Fan Ho, Fruit Chan, Harun Farocki, Hit Man Gu­rung, Jao Chia-En, Me­lati Sury­o­darmo, Jean-François Bo­clé, Köken Er­gun, Larry Feign, Pan­grok Su­lap, Sakarin Krue-On, and Tar­ing Padi, among oth­ers. “After­work” is pre­sented with Hong Kong’s Para Site con­tem­po­rary art cen­ter and is cu­rated by Freya Chou, Cos­min Costi­nas, Inti Guer­rero, and Qinyi Lim. On­go­ing un­til April 16; Lev­els 3 and 5, Ilham Tower, No. 8 Jalan Bin­jai, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; ra­hel@ il­ham­gallery.com; il­ham­gallery.com.

MilES away From top: Miljohn ru­perto’s 11-minute pro­jec­tion of is­abel rosario cooper’s stu­dio por­traits, by Jose reyes (1940); a scene from imelda Goes to Sin­ga­pore (2006, sin­gle-channel video), by Go­htong tan; aku Mer­ayakan Ke­ba­ha­giaanku (i celebrate My Hap­pi­ness), by igak Mur­ni­asih.

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