Cover Lest You Will by Vunkwan Tam (Image: courtesy of Empty Gallery and the artist)

As well as presenting big names, this month’s new art shows shed light on the needs of the underprivileged and celebrate overlooked talents who shook up the scene

The Digital Art Fair is still a month away, so in the meantime, check out these exhibitions which feature physical paintings, street art, installation and photography inspired by food and drink, witchcraft, chickens, the cinema and the pandemic. Bonus: one of the galleries, in collaboration with an NGO, is selling art for a good cause too.

1. Empty Gallery: F

Hong Kong-based artist Vunkwan Tam likes to combine readymade objects with excerpts of dialogues taken from online chatrooms. In this exhibition, which is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery, he explores how people respond to trauma, accidents and failure by gathering images, objects and words from different corners of the city and online platforms.

Until November 12, 2022. 19/F Grand Marine Center, 3 Yue Fung Street, Aberdeen

2. Karin Weber Gallery: [uk1] [lau6] [pin1] [fung4] [lin4] [ye2] [yu5]

In his first solo show with the gallery, Hong Kong-based artist Go Hung uses objects such as laundry soap, gloves, masks, towels, chopping boards and keys to create installations that portray the everyday lives of those living in subdivided units. His artworks explore issues faced by the marginalised in society, such as rental and housing problems, or the lack of wi-fi which was crucial for virtual classes during the pandemic. A share of the proceeds from this show will be donated to Oxfam Hong Kong.

Until September 17, 2022. 20 Aberdeen Street, Central

3. Current Plans: Witches Own Without

Writers, curators and first-time artists come together for an exhibition inspired by the revival of witchcraft in contemporary Hong Kong. Its newfound popularity comes as a response to dealing with stress and uncertainty, offering as it does an alternative spirituality. Each of the artists in this show borrows from their own witchcraft practice to highlight a subject close to their heart: advocating for minority/non-gender-conforming art, challenging capitalism, or questioning how technology is impacting our lives.

From September 9 to November 6, 2022. 2/F, 13 Wong Chuk Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

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4. Denny Dimin Gallery: The Thread Is Not Straight

This show investigates the legacy of the Pattern and Decoration movement which started in the US in the 1970s to celebrate ornamental and applied art creators who were slighted by the mainstream white-male centric fine art world. Both local and international artists appear, including Judy Ledgerwood, who was an early proponent of the movement; the works use textile, thread and painting to explore upended notions of gender and the body in the art world.

From September 10 to October 29, 2022. 612 Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang

5. Boogie Woogie Photography: My Hong Kong

Photography platform PhotogStory and Asia-focused photography company Boogie Woogie come together to celebrate the Hong Kong cityscape. The show will present images by 13 local and international photographers from as early as the 1920s. The artists include photographer James Chung, known for his black-and-white images of the city in the 1950s and a friend of Fan Ho, and French photographer Raymond Cauchetier, who documented many French New Wave film directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut through his work.

Until October 15, 2022. The Loft, 8/F, E Wah Factory Building, 56-60 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang

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6. Massimo de Carlo: Believe in Love

In his second solo exhibition with the gallery, Qinghai-born artist Jing Kewen presents paintings that portray his personal collection of found objects in a series that conveys a desire for global peace.

Until September 16, 2022. Shop 03-205A & 205B & 206, 2/F, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central

7. Alisan Fine Arts Aberdeen: Have a Rice Day

Inspired by the local Chinese saying “Three dishes, one soup and rice for free”—used to describe common cheap meal sets available at cha chaan teng—Hong Kong artist Charlotte Mui has created a new series of colourful paintings based on her family’s favourite dishes. Mui combines pop culture, cartoons and colours in her surrealist works, offering a refreshing take on mundane subjects. This exhibition is part of Hong Kong Art Gallery Association’s Summer Programme, which promotes young Hong Kong talents.

From September 10 to October 15, 2022. 2305 Hing Wai Centre, 7 Tin Wan Praya Road, Aberdeen

8. Double Q Gallery: Crouching Harmony, Hidden Tension and Continuous Structures

The gallery is running two exhibitions this month: Crouching Harmony, Hidden Tension, which presents eight paintings created in the 1980s by the late French-Serbian artist Djordje Ivačković, whose signature style involved intense colours, strong gestures and complex compositions; and Continuous Structures, Polish artist Natalia Załuska’s first solo show in Asia, a collection of minimalistic collaged representations of architectural images.

Until September 24, 2022. 68 Lok Ku Road, Sheung Wan

9. Amanda Wei Gallery: Lost Chix

French Moroccan graffiti artist Ceet Fouad has left his mark on walls everywhere from Sai Ying Pun and Discovery Bay to mainland China and France. His signature characters are the Chicanos: cartoon chickens that he created as a way of viewing society’s problems through a more innocent, optimistic lens. His latest series was created to bring hope during the pandemic. The show presents works created during his three years away from Hong Kong, as well as a new piece painted live during the exhibition opening.

From September 7 to November 11, 2022. Shop B, LG/F, Wilson House, 19-27 Wyndham Street, Central

10. f22 foto space: Style

New York-born French photographer William Klein is known for his avant-garde approach to fashion photography. He had worked with painters and architects, which experience would influence his aesthetics by including abstract geometry and contrasting lines in his composition when he started his photography career in the 1950s. In 1954, he was invited to be the photographer for American Vogue, and has since then redefined modern photography with his non-conforming approach. This Hong Kong exhibition showcases some of his best-known works that epitomise his perspective and practice.

From September 15 to November 27, 2022. Shops BW11 and 13, The Peninsula Arcade, Salisbury Road, Kowloon

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