In “Public Conversations” (2010), I seek out foreign workers who make public spaces their homes. These foreign workers often rent and share small rooms in flats with fellow foreigners. They often find it difficult to have privacy at home. They spend long hours outside of their homes spaces, making lengthy, and usually long-distance phone calls late into the night. Public spaces, such as sidewalks and garden benches, magically become their private spaces. Phone calls are a late-night ritual due to the cheaper phone rate during non-peak hours in the night.
Touching on the very fragile relationships between foreigners and locals, "Public Conversations" explores how use of our shared spaces, reflecting upon everyday negotiations and tensions.