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Graffiti on the Rooftop

Extensive graffiti is seen on the rooftop of a old Chinese
tenement building (Tong Lau) in the heart of the city.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2018
17 Jul 2018


Bright Idea by Jean Jullien

Revered French illustrator Jean Jullien has just the idea
for a eureka moment collaborating with K11 on its 10th
anniversary with the 'Bright Idea' exhibition, through
31 August.

Tsimshatsui · Hong Kong | 2018
16 Jul 2018


Deng Xiaoping Bust

A bust of Deng Xiaoping, paramount leader of China from 1978
until his retirement in 1989, lies with other curios in a
street store in Shamshuipo.

After Chairman Mao Zedong's death, Deng led his country through
far-reaching market-economy reforms and opening to the global
economy. Deng survived two major purges and put in two-term
limits for the President in the 1980s as part of his effort
to ensure that China was never again subjected to a crushing
dictatorship like that of Chairman Mao and the turmoil created.

Deng was the architect for 'one country, two systems', which allows
the co-existence of communism and capitalism for Hong Kong and Macau.

Hong Kong has seen tumultuous times over the past few years, with
pro-democracy protests quelled and elected legislators disqualified
by creeping interference by Beijing. President Xi Jinping eliminated
the term limits for president and vice president in 2018 and can
stay in power after his second presidential term expires in 2023.

The high degree of automony for Hong Kong promised is threatened.

Shamshuipo · Hong Kong | 2018
15 Jul 2018


Urban Exploration

An urban explorer discovers interesting light and shadow
in an abandoned building in the heart of the city.

Kowloon · Hong Kong | 2018
14 Jul 2018


Hundreds Mourn Liu Xiaobo One Year On

About 500 gather at Tamar Park to mourn Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace
Prize winner of 2010, a university professor turned human rights
campaigner, was jailed in 2009 for inciting subversion for 11
years. Liu died under Chinese custody on 13 July 2017.

Liu Xie, his widow, has just left China after eight years of
illegal detention. The 57-year-old poet and artist left
Beijing for Berlin on Tuesday morning. Her younger brother,
Liu Hui, is not allowed to go with her.

Admiralty · Hong Kong | 2018
13 Jul 2018


Kat Coetzee Performs at Racecourse

Kat Alice Coetzee, the dynamic singer from Johannesburg,
South Africa, performs at the last Happy Wednesday of
the season, at Happy Valley Racecourse.

Happy Valley · Hong Kong | 2018
12 Jul 2018


Liu Xia, Widow of Liu Xiaobo, Left China

Liu Xie, the widow of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, has left China
after eight years of illegal detention. The 57-year-old poet
and artist left Beijing bound for Berlin on Tuesday morning
aboard a Finnair flight, friends say.

She had been under effective house arrest in Beijing since her
husband won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. Liu Xiaobo, a
university professor turned human rights campaigner, was jailed
in 2009 for inciting subversion and died in Chinese custody last year.

After eight years of house arrest her physical and mental well-
being were deteriorating. The fear was that she, like Liu Xiaobo,
might die in captivity. Finally, four days before the first anniversary
of her husband's death, a sustained diplomatic effort, led mainly by
Germany, has worked and she has realised her dream to get out.

Her younger brother, Liu Hui, is not allowed to go with her.

This picture is taken at a Free Liu Xia signature campaign led by
'The Bull' Tsang Kin-shing of The League of Social Democrats.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2018
11 Jul 2018


Silent Protest by Lawyers Against '709 Crackdown'

Hong Kong Lawyers and activists gather at the Court of Final Appeal
at 6 pm and stand silently for 7 minutes 9 seconds to protest the
mass arrest of human rights lawyers in China on 9 July 2015
on its third anniversary on Monday, undaunted by rain.

Three years after the '709 crackdown' on rights lawyers, many of
about 321 rights lawyers, legal assistants and activists arrested
across China are still in jail, detained or under strict surveillance.

Wang Quanzhang has been detained and remained incommunicado for
nearly 1100 days and he was not allowed to meet with his family or
defense lawyer. Others like Zhou Shifeng, Hu Shigen, Jian Tianyong,
Wu Gang and Yin Xuan are still imprisoned; Yu Wensheng and Li
Yuhan are still under detention.

The activists also condemn the new trend of admistrative punishment
by revoking the licenses of the rights lawyers. Since the 19th
Communist Party Congress, licenses of 16 rights lawyers and
3 law firms had been revoked or invalidated.

Central · Hong Kong | 2018
10 Jul 2018


Protesting China's Arrest of Rights Lawyers of 9 July 2015

Activists from the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group and
other groups march from the Western Police Station to the China
Liaison Office protesting the arrest of rights lawyers on 9 July 2015.

Three years after the '709 crackdown' on rights lawyers, many of
about 321 rights lawyers, legal assistants and activists arrested
across China are still in jail, detained or under strict surveillance.

Wang Quanzhang has been detained and remained incommunicado for
nearly 1100 days and he was not allowed to meet with his family or
defense lawyer. Others like Zhou Shifeng, Hu Shigen, Jian Tianyong,
Wu Gang and Yin Xuan are still imprisoned; Yu Wensheng and Li
Yuhan are still under detention.

The activists also condemn the new trend of admistrative punishment
by revoking the licenses of the rights lawyers. Since the 19th
Communist Party Congress, licenses of 16 rights lawyers and
3 law firms had been revoked or invalidated.

Western · Hong Kong | 2018
9 Jul 2018


Yulia Muses at Six-Part Practice

Yulia, an artist from Vladivostok, muses at Six-Part Practice,
an exhibition by artist Wing Po So that delves into scientific
perspective at JC Contemporaryof Tai Kwun Centre for
Heritage and Arts, through 15 August.

The 170-year-old Central Police Station compound has been
revitalised after an eight-year, HK$3.8 billion (US$484 million)
project funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

SOHO · Hong Kong | 2018
8 Jul 2018


Remembering Marco Polo Bridge Incident

Activists from Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong pay respect to the
Memorial of Comfort Woman near the Japanese Consulate at
Exchange Square on the 81st anniversary of the Marco Polo
Bridge Incident of 7 July 1937 after a protest march
organised by 'The Bull' Tsang Kin-shing of the Action
Committee to Defend Diaoyu Island on Saturday.

On 7 July 1937, Chinese troops clashed with Japanese troops stationed
at Marco Polo (aka Lugou) Bridge, 15 km outside Beijing. Many see this
as the start of the brutal Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) which
would see massacres in cities such as Nanjing and Xuzhou, and the deaths
of perhaps 14 million Chinese, with more than 80 million becoming refugees.

During World War II, girls and women, called Comfort Women, were forced
into sexual slavery by the Japanese military. Many of the women were
from Korea, China, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia,
Taiwan, and Indonesia, etc. Estimates of number of Comfort Women
are as low as 20,000 to as high as 410,000.

Central · Hong Kong | 2018
7 Jul 2018


Supreme Meme by Zevs

Supreme meme, an exhibition of new work by the influential French artist
Christophe Aguirre Schwarz (aka Zevs, pronounced Zeus, like the Greek god).
For his first exhibition in Hong Kong since his arrest in 2009 for painting
a liquidated Chanel logo on the side of the Giorgio Armani flagship store,
Over the Influence gallery features new canvas works, installation pieces,
performance and sculptures, through August 4.

A pioneering and prominent graffiti artist in Paris since the 1990s, Zevs
is renowned for his signature 'Liquidation' series in which he fearlessly
disfigures highly recognizable logos into deconstructed forms. The classic
trademarks of established global brands - Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Coca-Cola,
Google, among others - are effectively deformed or 'liquidated', subversively
debased into thin bands of dripping paint.

Sheung Wan · Hong Kong | 2018
6 Jul 2018


Tissage by Pascale Marthine Tayou

Tissage by Pascale Marthine Tayou, an installation artist of Cameroon
descent, currently based in Ghent, Belgium. It means to weave, using
air-conditioning conduits to form an intricate lattice structure that
covers the entire gallery wall. To achieve a fuller meaning in life,
we must liberate ourselves from the constraints of institutional
and political structures.

Part of 'Nylonkong Dreams', Tayou's impressive first solo exhibition
in Hong Kong at Pearl Lam Galleries in Pedder Building, through 17 July.
Nylonkong, short for New York, London and Hong Kong, the leading financial
centres that share similar economic and cultural traits. These metropolises
are crossroads for our civilization where many personal dreams are realized.

Central · Hong Kong | 2018
5 Jul 2018


Historical State Theatre

The State Theatre is a former cinema in in the North Point, Hong Kong.
Concerns were raised in 2015 that it may be demolished in the near
future. The building was listed as a Grade I historic building in
March 2017 with a special feature on the roof.

The cinema opened in December 1952 as the Empire Theatre. It closed
in 1957, and reopened in 1959 as the State Theatre, following
extensive renovations. The State Theatre closed in 1997.

North Point · Hong Kong | 2018
4 Jul 2018


Dawn Discovers Abandoned Piano

Dawn, an architecture student from Manchester, discovers
a Morrison piano in an dilapidated apartment in an
abandoned club while doing urban exploration, one
of her favourite pasttime.

Kowloon · Hong Kong | 2018
3 Jul 2018


Kacey Wong Caged for Democracy

Visual artist Kacey Wong caged himself outside Government headquarters
while playing the Chinese national anthem to protest against the
numerous political prisoners in China and Hong Kong plus the impending
draconian law on national anthem, as tens of thousands marched
for democracy in Hong Kong, marking the 21st anniversary of
city’s return to Chinese rule on Monday.

Admiralty · Hong Kong | 2018
2 Jul 2018


50,000 March for Democracy

50,000 march for democracy in Hong Kong, according to the organiser,
marking the 21st anniversary of city’s return to Chinese rule. Many
defy police warnings by joining in after the official start from
Victoria Park, where a celebration organised by a pro-China group
that took over the six footall courts is attended only by a
handful of people.

The protesters marched from Causeway Bay to Government headquarters
in Admiralty demanding 'End one-party dictatorship'. The event comes
under unprecedented pressure from authorities and this reporter
was almost barred by the police from taking the above picture.

As the protesters arrived at Government headquarters, they are greeted
by visual artist Kacey Wong caging himself while playing the Chinese
national anthem to protest against the numerous political prisoners
in China and Hong Kong plus the impending draconian law on national anthem.

Causeway Bay · Hong Kong | 2018
1 Jul 2018


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