Laundry Lives takes us into the usually invisible everyday worlds of five middle class Indonesians. As Indonesia grows into one of the worlds emerging economies and growing markets, this has hidden implications for the everyday lives of the country’s rapidly growing professional middle classes, and for environmental sustainability. Laundry Lives captures this moment, as changing gender relations, new technologies and concerns about the environment are becoming central to how domestic life is organised. Lia, Dyna, Ning, Adi and Nur show us how they, with their families and domestic helpers, navigate and improvise the complex relationships between their professional careers and ambitions and the mundane domestic chores and that underpin them.
Sarah Pink is RMIT Distinguished Professor in Design and Media Ethnography and Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT University, Australia. In 2016-17 Sarah is a Knowledge Foundation International Guest Professor at Halmstad University Sweden. Her recent collaborative books include Anthropologies and Futures (2017) and Making Homes (2017).
Nadia Astari is a freelance documentary filmmaker based in Australia and Indonesia. Her films have won awards in Melbourne’s Indonesian Film Festival and 15/15 Film Festival.