Her work is a photographic investigation into the daily life of Indonesian domestic staff in Hong Kong. With little to no leisure time or personal space, labor migrants construct a parallel identity through social media channels. In the absence of a family life, and moving in an exclusively female subculture, they develop an ambiguous sexual identity. Sampson portrays the on- and offline existence of this population group in a layered and multimedia cartoon, consisting of documentary photography, visual material and text found on social media.
During the opening night, the photographer presents her new book Apples for Sale, in which she portrays the shadow existence of these women. Sampson will talk to Foam curator Hinde Haest about her findings in Hong Kong and her inventive approach to documentary photography.
The exhibition is on view until 16 December 2018.
Image credit: Gathering of Indonesian housemaids on their day off – Victoria Park, Hong Kong, 2017, from the Series Apples for Sale, 2016-17 © Rebecca Sampson