Exhibitions & Events


Art After Hours 2019

ART AFTER HOURS - Disaster and Japanese Art: Noi Sawaragi Lecture

14 Jul 2019

Art After Hours: Mauvais Sang Screening + Li Chi Tak in Conversation

28 Jun 2019

Art After Hours: Sarah Morris: No Inside Outside (ASAP Keynote Lecture)

7 Jun 2019

Art After Hours: Screening and Talk | Rehearsing the Museum

24 May 2019

"Yesterday Once More" Film Premiere and Talk

17 May 2019

Yuk Hui: Book Launch

3 May 2019

Art After Hours: Influenzers 你我相隔(多麼遠) Performative Workshop with Enoch Cheng and curator talk with Ying Kwok

12 Apr 2019

Bitten: Inside the Mosquito World

6 Apr 2019

Screening of “Prison Architect” by Cao Fei with the artist present and followed by a Q&A session

28 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: Influenzers 你我相隔 (多麼遠) Performative Workshop with Enoch Cheng

22 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: “Come to me, Paradise” Film Screening and Conversation with Artist Stephanie Comilang

15 Mar 2019

Travelling Book: “14 Years Old & World & Border” Book Launch & Reading Event

9 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: “The Witching Hour” Panel

8 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: The Violence of Gender (From a Hong Kong perspective) Panel

7 Mar 2019

[Art After Hours] Artist’s Choice: ”Night of the Living Dead“ and in Conversation with Angela Su

1 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: Zhong Kui and the Reform of Hell—A Puppet Show by eteam

22 - 23 Feb, 2019

Art After Hours: Karaoke Court by Jack Tan

8 Feb 2019

Art After Hours: Contagion and Hygiene panel

1 Feb 2019

Art After Hours: Hong Kong Visions with Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong

18 Jan 2019

Art After Hours: The Great Every Pandiculate Dinner Party

4 Jan 2019

Paid Programme Registration Required

Art After Hours: “Come to me, Paradise” Film Screening and Conversation with Artist Stephanie Comilang

Time |
7pm-8:30pm
Location |
Laundry Steps
Price |
Free of charge

A “science fiction documentary” made with Filipino workers in Hong Kong.

“Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso” (“Come to Me, Paradise”) (2016) is a “science fiction documentary” directed by artist Stephanie Comilang that was made in collaboration with and featuring Filipina migrant workers who work in Hong Kong. Workers Irish May Salinas, Lyra Ancheta Torbela, and Romylyn Presto Sampaga occupy the spaces in Central, Hong Kong usually designated for finance and banking, turning them to spaces of comfort where they relax over food, drinks, manicures, prayer, and dance. The film is narrated from the perspective of Paraiso, a "ghost”played by a “drone” who speaks of the isolation from being uprooted and thrown into a new place. Paraiso’s reprieve comes when she is finally able to interact with the women and feel her purpose, which is to transmit their vlogs, photos, and messages back home. Only when the women gather en masse is the signal strong enough to summon Paraiso to them for download. The voice of Paradise the drone is voiced by Comilang’s mother Emily, who migrated to Canada in the 1970s. During the week she is forced back into isolation and is left in an existential rut.

“Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso” uses Hong Kong’s dystopian maze-like structures that the Filipina migrants re-imagine, and focuses on the beauty of care-giving but also explores how technology is used as a pivotal way for the women to connect — to each other but also to loved ones. Raising questions around modern isolation, economic migration and the role of public space in both urban and digital forms, the film transcends its various component parts to offer a startling commentary on the present, from the point of view of the future.

Following the screening will be a conversation with the director Stephanie Comilang.

The conversation will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation to Cantonese available.

 


Stephanie Comilang is a Filipina-Canadian artist based in Toronto and Berlin. Her documentary-based works create narratives that reexamine notions of mobility and the migratory paths of labour on a global scale. Her work has been shown at Artspeak (Vancouver), Images Festival (Toronto), Ghost: 2561 (Bangkok), Asia Art Archive in America (New York), SALTS (Basel), and UCLA (Los Angeles).