Vhils first exhibition in Hong Kong

A virtual tour of Vhils’ work at HOCA and on the streets of Hong Kong

Text by Monica Vazquez – Translation by Briana Prieto Fuentes

Identity and life in the urban context are the topics of the exhibition Debris at Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA), by Alexandre Farto, better known as Vhils. The exhibition ran from march 21 to april 4, 2016 and for all those who wanted to see it, the artist shared a virtual tour of the exhibition and his work on the streets.

Courtesy: Vhils

Vhils is a portuguese artist, who is known for using the walls to sculpt, to put collages on them and, in this occasion, to fill them with neon lights. The urban life and contemporary societies have been his subjects of interest during his artistic trajectory.

A bit of context of the artist in Hong Kong

It was his first individual exhibition in this asian region. A series of interventions in emblematic places and most traveled of Hong Kong. This work invited the residents and tourists to think about their urban environment and cultural landscape. Besides part of his work was exposed at HOCA. The artist used the gallery and the streets as spaces of exhibitions and expressions.

Courtesy: Vhils


Time, geometric elements, and images that have turned into symbols of Hong Kong. Were also part of Vhils’ inspiration to intervene a trolley car with portraits of citizen’s histories; besides placing compositions of neon and metal in the middle of the streets, showing an extremely transited region wrapped in his own cultural diversity.

Courtesy: Vhils

With this exhibition, HOCA, an organization founded in 2014, fulfilled one of his principal aims: to promote and to develop access to contemporary art in Hong Kong.

With information from Vhils, HOCA, We Heart and Artsy.

Karla Corazón

Mi nombre es Karla Corazón y si, si te lo preguntas en realidad me llamo "Corazón" ¡jajaja! Fotografía, redacción, street art, streetwear, colores, tatuajes, animalitos...

Recent Posts

Virtual backgrounds for your Zoom video conferences

Zoom has become the perfect ally for those of us doing home office so here's…

2 months ago

ACC flip flops: All City Canvas’ latest drop

To overcome the summer heat, hit the beach or the supermarket, All City Canvas launched…

2 months ago

The top murals for the month of July by All City Canvas

Check out our selection of the best murals for the month of July, what say…

2 months ago

Takashi Murakami and Hello Kitty working on a project with Sanrio

No doubt: every cloud has a silver lining, and this time, it's the collaboration between…

2 months ago

SWOON presents new show at Underdogs Gallery

The show will feature a selection of works created in recent years by SWOON American…

2 months ago

Man is drugged and paintings of Kahlo and Tamayo stolen from him

In the Miguel Hidalgo municipality, man is drugged and paintings of Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo…

3 months ago