We Can Be Heroes
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.