From 2 November 2018, FOAM Amsterdam presents the series Apples for Sale by Rebecca Sampson. The exhibition continues until 16 December 2018.
In her project Apples for Sale, the German-American photographer shines a light on the lives of Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong. As migrants they are considered second-class citizens and receive appalling terms of employment – with little or no private space and, if they are lucky, one day off each week. As a result, the majority of their personal life takes place on social media, where they find themselves part of an all-female subculture.
Many of them create elaborate alter egos in order to counteract the rigid confines of their daily existence, and to maintain a measure of individuality and validation. Some of the young women take on the role of men, dressing and acting in a masculine manner and even staging ‘dream weddings’ with other domestic workers. Others lovingly tend to dolls as if they were their children. In the virtual realm of Facebook, they are free to be whoever they want. The series, which has also been released in the form of a book published by Kerber, allows for an intimate look into this unique and deeply disconcerting world.
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