Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come to Me, Paradise) by Stephanie Comilang

Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come to me, Paradise) (2016)

26 minutes, Screening continuously

Programmed in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Pacita Abad: I Thought the Streets Were Paved with Gold’.

Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come to Me, Paradise) is a science fiction documentary set against the backdrop of Hong Kong, and in particular its Central district, one of the main areas where Filipina migrant workers gather on their day off on Sundays; transforming sites of finance and commerce into spaces of care-giving and support. The film is narrated from the perspective of Paraiso – a ghost played by a drone – who speaks of the isolation of uprootedness. Paraiso waits for Sundays, where she can meet with the women and transmit their vlogs, photos and messages back home. The rest of the week sees Paraiso in isolation, riddled with loneliness and longing.

Stephanie Comilang (b. 1980) lives and works between Toronto, Canada and Berlin, Germany. Her documentary-based works create narratives exploring how global understandings of mobility, capital and labour are determined through various cultural and social factors. In 2019 Comilang was awarded the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s most prestigious prize for artists under 40 years of age.

Her work has been shown at Transmediale Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Tai Kwun, Hong Kong, Ghost : 2561 Bangkok Video & Performance Triennale, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Asia Art Archive in America, New York.

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