Exhibition Apples for Sale: The Parallel Worlds and Queer Lives of Hong Kong’s Housemaids

Apples for Sale by Rebecca Sampson © Rebecca Sampson

Fri, 05.10.2018 -
Tue, 30.10.2018


Photo exhibition by Rebecca Sampson. A Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2018 Collateral Programme

Photo exhibition by Rebecca Sampson.
A collateral event of the Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2018
Opening: Friday, October 5, 7:00 PM with an introduction by the artist.

Apples for Sale is an exploration of the parallel worlds of Indonesian maids living and working in Hong Kong. In an exclusively female environment many of them enter a role game. Male roles are embraced by tomboys (women who assume masculine dress and manner), whilst dolls, affectionately dressed and cared for, take the place of children. The rigid corset of their situation as migrant workers prevents self-determination in the shaping of their lives. The maids,like other young women, are searching for recognition, meaning and individuality. Given they have only one day a week on which they can move about freely, the social and cultural space they have created in parks is gradually transferred from the real world to a virtual reality on Facebook. Here, individually acting out one’s own personality knows no boundaries.
The result is an extensive body of work; a multimedia installation involving Rebecca Sampson’s own photographs and narratives, pictures and texts of third parties, web videos and programmed mobile phones and the distillation of the entire experience into a book, providing the audience with 360 degrees of entry point into this peculiar world.
This exhibition is part of the Hong Kong International Photo fest 2018. During her stay, Rebecca Sampson will participate in a series of events related to this project.
The extensive research for the project Apples for Sale was funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and within the context of the program Grenzgänger China – Deutschland. The production of the exhibition and the photo book were supported by the Goethe-Institut.

A panel discussion co-organised by the Goethe-Institut and the Hong Kong International Photo Festival on the topic of "Picturing the lives of others: The Power of Documentary Photography" will take place on October 26, 2018 (Fri) from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Goethe-Gallery. More information: https://www.goethe.de/ins/cn/en/sta/hon/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=21391777

Rebecca Sampson © Rebecca Sampson Rebecca Sampson is a German-American photographer living in Berlin. Her passion is for reportage and social commentary. Her work has tackled a wealth of socially and personally sensitive topics - from Berlin's African drug dealer community, through the quirks and gun-obsession of her Minnesota family to the treatment of eating disorders, for which she developed an innovative photographic therapy methodology. This last project won Rebecca the "gute aussichten - junge deutsche fotografie” award. Rebecca holds scholarships from the Foam Museum Amsterdam, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Literary Colloquium Berlin (LCB). Her work has been exhibited at the Museum “Deichtorhallen / Haus der Photographie” in Hamburg, at the “Willy Brandt Haus” Berlin and internationally in America, India, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria and Cyprus.