How can we reimagine migration?

Flows. Swarms. Crisis.

Aug 31, 2015 · 2 min read

From Calais and the Mediterranean Sea to South East Asia, media narratives of migration today, while giving a voice to the brutal conditions that refugees and migrants have been subjected to, also doubly cripple the humanity and agency of these people.

Sinna, an Indonesian domestic helper in Hong Kong, is also a photographer and a stand-up comedian on Sundays.

Transit in Doubt, a photography exhibition launched in partnership with Art Represent, the only platform dedicated to the creative and economic empowerment of artists who are affected by conflict and social upheaval, aims to challenge these narratives that cast these so-called ‘migrants’ as passive, dehumanised entities.

Photographs taken by Filipino and Indonesian domestic helpers in Hong Kong capture individual, revelatory moments of change even as they navigate the challenging terrain of cultural alienation and class discrimination. Their personal journeys of resilience and optimism allow us to re-imagine what we know about migration today, allowing us to better situate ourselves in relation to the migration debate.

Our Indonesian students visiting Lensational’s photography exhibition in Hong Kong last month. This image captures the positive emotions when their photography talents are recognised by the general public.

Anik Dwi Kumalasari, 32, is from Malang city, East Java of Indonesia (situated around 869 km from Jakarta). She has been living in Hong Kong as a domestic helper since 2003. Why does photography mean so much to her? She tells us that, “Let us hang on to our dreams, high in the sky. Even if we fail, we will have fallen down on to the bright stars.”

Arumy, 27, has a different story to share. She recently moved back to Indonesia and is pursuing a career as a photojournalist, after securing her first job as a photographer. Her dream was to “take good pictures around the world and tell the stories of the people behind those pictures”.

Please join us on 3rd September (Thursday) from 6pm-9pm for the Private View. The exhibition will go on until Friday and is open every day from 11am-6pm, with extended opening hours possible by appointment. We are also hosting a talk to discuss on how we can situate ourselves in relation to the migration debate. More information can be found here.


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