Jeannie Simms
Margareta and Elizabeth the day after Elizabeth's contraception was removed [Yogyakarta, Indonesia] 2009
Archival pigment print
20 x 24 inches
Jeannie Simms
Installation view
5 Archival pigment prints
Jeannie Simms

Readymaids: Hong Kong
The idea of threads to me is a lot about queer community: the unique and cohesive bonds we form to connect us to like-minded people who support and help enable our well-being. I saw this in the Indonesian lesbian domestic worker scene in Hong Kong.

A moving city. All women.

Every Sunday, thousands of domestic workers from all over Hong Kong take over Victoria Park to socialize , share food, job tips and news from home.

A large, growing lesbian contingent of Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers regularly congregates in one area of Victoria Park in Hong Kong near a grouping of exotic photo backdrops in vendor booths run by photographers who are also migrant workers, from China. The backdrops, of such disparate scenes as mountains, fields, waterfalls, the Sydney Opera house, St. Petersburg, Tiananmen Square, suburban houses, create a fragmented artificial landscape within the park.

Many lesbian workers get their pictures taken with their girlfriends in front of the backdrops. I created photographs of the women, with their permission while they were already being photographed.

Website: http://www.jeanniesimms.com/

Jeannie Simms
Installation view
5 Archival pigment prints
Works in exhibition:

Vivi and Friend, Hong Kong, 2009
Archival pigment print
20 x 24 inches

Margareta and Elizabeth the day after Elizabeth's contraception was removed [Yogyakarta, Indonesia] 2009
Archival pigment print
20 x 24 inches

Margareta and Sit Nursaadah in the field down the road from the Maid Training Agency [Yogyakarta, Indonesia], 2009
Archival pigment print
20 x 30 inches

Dwi and Friend, Hong Kong, 2009
Archival pigment print
20 x 24 inches

Taj Mahal, Hong Kong, 2009
Archival pigment print
20 x 24 inches