Cover Courtesy of Zanele Muholi and Pearl Lam Galleries

We're listing out the 10 Hong Kong art exhibitions not to miss this summer

August’s must-see art exhibitions offer a fresh take on classic subjects and overlooked details in life.

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Gallery Exit: Don’t Leave the Dark Alone

In Hong Kong-born artist Oscar Chan Yik Long’s first solo exhibition with Gallery Exit, he explores the darkness and fears that lurk in everyday life. Chan draws inspiration from popular culture, especially horror movies, and distills his thoughts into striking black-and-white images. On top of drawings and paintings, Chan has also created curtains, carpets and cigarettes boxes for this exhibition.

August 14 to September 18. 3/F, Blue Box Factory Building, 25 Hing Wo Street, Aberdeen. Find out more at galleryexit.com

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Alisan Fine Arts: Pop Rock

This exhibition features fourteen artists from Hong Kong and mainland China who have all created works inspired by a Chinese art history icon—the scholar’s rock, which is regarded as an object of natural beauty for meditation. The artists work in ink, photography, oil, sculpture, installation and video.

August 11 to Nov 6. 21/F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Tower, Central. Find out more at alisan.com.hk

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Blindspot Gallery: Play and Loop III

The third iteration of Blindspot Gallery’s summer screening programme features video works by Hong Kong artists Angela Su, Kenneth Tam and Wong Kit Yi, as well as pieces by Manila-based choreographer and dancer Eisa Jocson and Chiang Mai anthropologist Samak Kosem. Alongside these video pieces are installations by Carla Chan, Luke Ching and Tiffany Sia.

August 3 to 14. 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at blindspotgallery.com

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Woaw Gallery: Value

Los Angeles-based artist Grant Levy-Lucero’s first solo show in Hong Kong explores the values and meanings of the classic Chinese porcelain vase, which has fulfilled decorative, commercial and functional purposes for hundreds of years. Throughout the exhibition, Levy-Lucero uses imagery related to mass-market brands and luxury goods to reflect on the meaning of “value” and how it is constantly changing.

August 6 to September 2. 9 Queen’s Road Central. Find out more at woawgallery.com

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Axel Vervoordt Gallery: Residual Heat

Curator Chris Wan Feng is behind this exhibition, which features works by seven Hong Kong artists: Kurt Chan, Jaffa Lam, Ocean Leung, Ivy Ma, Shawn Tang, Morgan Wong and Wu Jiaru. Wan also invited local poet Liu Wai Tong to submit some of his poems to the exhibition; Liu has submitted nine poems that respond to the works on show.

Until August 28. 21F Coda Designer Building, 62 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at axel-vervoordt.com

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Pearl Lam Galleries: Somnyama Ngonyama (Hail the Dark Lioness)

Following a major exhibition at London’s Tate Modern, South African activist and photographer Zanele Muholi has opened an exhibition at Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong, where she showcases more than 50 autobiographical and highly personal portraits. Muholi is known for celebrating the lives of South Africa’s Black lesbian, gay, trans, queer, and intersex communities in her art. In this exhibition, Muholi explores, in her own words, “the journey, self-image, and possibilities of a black person in today's global society” through a series of work that she started producing in 2012.

Until August 15. Pearl Lam Galleries, 6/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. Find out more at pearllam.com

See also: 5 Artists Who Have Been Inspired By Hong Kong

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Over the Influence: Today

American abstract painter Greg Bogin’s debut exhibition in Hong Kong presents works that he specifically created for the city. Bogin’s style is a combination of minimalism and pop art: he is famous for painting curvy, custom-shaped canvases in vivid gradients of colour that appear machine-made but are actually painstakingly painted by hand.

Until August 12. G/F and 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road, Central. Find out more at overtheinfluence.com

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Duddell’s: Inspired by Ink

The MK Lau Collection, which is owned by tycoon Victor Lo, is one of Asia’s most comprehensive private collections of 19th and 20th century Chinese brush-and-ink paintings and calligraphy, as well as contemporary ink paintings. Co-curated by art historian Catherine Maudsley, this exhibition showcases 36 works from the MK Lau Collection by 13 Hong Kong ink artists, including pioneering painter Lui Shou-kwan.

Until September 27. 1 Duddell Street, Central. Find out more at duddells.co

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Ben Brown: Ze/Ro

The use of pronouns is a hot topic around the world right now. Even the Oxford English Dictionary is wading in—it now lists the pronoun “ze” as a gender-neutral alternative to “he” or “she”. Ze/Ro at Ben Brown Fine Arts, an exhibition organised by Hong Kong-based curator Shirky Chan and featuring five local female artists, references this pronoun and explores the female body, gender identity and belonging. Among the works on show are paintings, embroidery, sculptures and video installations.

Until August 26. 202, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at benbrownfinearts.com

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Tang Contemporary Art: Ineffable Worlds

Six young Italian artists respond to the instability of the modern world in this exhibition, which features imagery taken from the digital world alongside pictures of quotidian physical objects, such as airport restrooms and shower curtains. The more than 15 works on show invite viewers to reflect on the dramatic changes rocking our world.

August 5 to September 18. 10/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central.