Cover The installation view of Planaria by Sasaoka Yuriko (Image: courtesy of PHD Group, the artist and Felix SC Wong)

Ahead of the Digital Art Fair, Tatler has put together a list of art exhibitions around town where art enthusiasts, families and kids can get their culture fix

If Halloween-themed activities aren’t quite what you’re looking for this month, check out these art exhibitions for both avid art-lovers and families with children. From imagining sci-fi scenarios and pondering trauma to painting animals and Hong Kong landscapes and using recycled materials to create sculptures, this month’s art exhibitions demonstrate local and international artists’ talents in depicting the world around them.

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1. PHD: Planaria

Kyoto-based multidisciplinary artist Sasaoka Yuriko challenges socio-political topics such as gender, suicide and the Asia-Pacific war with her video installations, and creates works that reference myths and theatre. In this Hong Kong exhibition, she explores the theme of trauma by borrowing from the resilient nature of the planarian, a flatworm that can regenerate lost body parts, as a metaphor. One highlight is a three-channel installation named Planaria (2021), which features 20 handmade dolls with fish heads collected by the artists to portray mortality through a surrealist ritual of death and regeneration.

Until November 5, 2022. PHD, Canal Road Flyover, Causeway Bay. Find out more at phdgroup.art

2. Para Site: While We Are Embattled

As a part of a larger, ongoing research project by curators Nomaduma Rosa Masilela and Thiago de Paula Souza, this group exhibition, which brings together ten international artists from Palestine, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, the US and Nigeria, expands upon bodies of work related to Black radical theory by asking questions about safety, retreat and solidarity in the Hong Kong context.

Until November 20, 2022. 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road. Find out more at para-site.art

3. Axel Vervoordt: Chasing an Elusive Nature

Hong Kong artist Jaffa Lam has focused on the subject of water for the past ten years. She considers the element to represent the city’s resilience and feelings of flexibility, as Bruce Lee famously asserted. Continuing her exploration of Hong Kong heritage and history in her art, Lam has created new sculptural works and site-specific installations for this solo exhibition using a variety of materials, such as recycled crate wood, umbrella fabric, bronze and stainless steel.

From October 15, 2022 to January 7, 2023. 21F, Coda Designer Building, 62 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at axel-vervoordt.com

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4. Kiang Malingue: Music for Selective Hearing, Or Assisted Living

Samson Young is a Hong Kong musical composer who is known for addressing the city’s colonial legacy through sound experiments, symphony orchestra compositions and multi-channel video art. He also represented Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale in 2017, thrusting the city’s art into the international limelight. This solo exhibition will feature five sets of artworks created during the last two years.

Until November 5, 2022. 12 and 13/F Blue Box Factory Building, 25 Hing Wo Street, Aberdeen. Find out more kiangmalingue.com

5. Gallery Exit: Night Walk

Hong Kong contemporary artist Cheng Ting Ting is fascinated by the different ambiences of daily scenes of her life. In 2021, when she travelled to Norway, she experienced an environment, climate and slow pace of life entirely different from her hometown of Hong Kong. Inspired by this experience, Cheng explores new techniques of painting, with the outcome presented at this gallery show.

Until October 22, 2022. 3/F, Blue Box Factory Building, 25 Hing Wo Street, Aberdeen. Find out more at galleryexit.com

6. Gagosian: Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Iran-born, Germany-based painter Mehdi Ghadyanloo focuses on geometry, colour and chiaroscuro (contrasted light and shade) in his paintings, in which familiar playground equipment, such as slides, tunnels and ladders, shown at different times of the day reflect the painter’s psychological state. This exhibition is his first solo show in Asia.

Until November 5, 2022. 7/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. Find out more at gagosian.com

7. Pace: Hong Hao: New Works

Chinese conceptual artist Hong Hao experiments with ready-made materials, such as maps, tickets, books, banknotes and containers, to assemble pieces that offer new metaphorical perspectives on social values. As well as his latest works, this exhibition features his recent pieces from The Realm of Matters series, in which he explores the changing cultural value of broken porcelain pieces as commodities and art, especially during ancient times when porcelain wares were reserved exclusively for royalty.

Until November 10, 2022. 12/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central. Find out more at pacegallery.com

8. White Cube: Tin Drum

Israel-born, New York-based artist Haim Steinbach focuses on structures and devices; most iconic are his wedge-shaped shelves with various degrees angles, designed for presenting found objects. To him, both the act and method of presentation—how we arrange and display objects—carry meaning. “We communicate through objects just as we communicate through language,” Steinbach says in a press statement. His works can be interpreted as his way with words, arranged with patterns and grammatical structures. The artist likens the role of these shelves and objects to that of the five-line musical stave.

Until November 12, 2022. 50 Connaught Road Central, Central. Find out more at whitecube.com

9. Flowers Gallery: To the Naiad's House

Born in Guangdong province, Wu Jiaru dedicates her artistic career to examining the cultural relationship, identities and sense of belonging between Hong Kong and mainland China. She adds personal memories to her work as a starting point for looking at the shared memories of millennials in southern China. This exhibition is Wu’s first solo show with the gallery, and is inspired by “the Naiad House”, a fictional place in Cao Xueqin’s 18th-century Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber and the name of a room in her mother’s restaurant.

Until November 12, 2022. 49 Tung Street, Sheung Wan. Find out more at flowersgallery.com

10. Shout Art Hub and Gallery: To Be Found

Hong Kong oil painter Thomas Ngan’s latest show studies the idea of baptism and commemorating the dead. He is fascinated by settings like funerals, where death and rebirth are parallel concepts, and how the dead exist beyond the body when the living remember and commemorate the dead with rituals. His latest paintings focus on flowers, which are used both to pay respect to the dead and show appreciation for those who are living.

Until October 17, 2022. Shop 2033, IFC Mall, 8 Financial Street, Central. Find out more at shout.art

11. Sens Gallery: Portraits of a Wild Family

British animation artist David Surman’s work is distinguished by vigorous brushstrokes, bright colours and animal characters. He uses different animals and their characteristics as a metaphor for human qualities, such as relationship between father and child through a cockerel and a chick, or a protective mother and her child through a tigress that holds on to her cub. This show features 34 pieces that reflect on the ways of life in an imaginary post-pandemic world.

Until October 22, 2022. 39 Yip Kan St, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at sensgallery.com

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