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Solo Exhibition by Giraffe Leung

30 September - 27 November 2021

La Galerie is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Hong Kong artist Giraffe Leung Lok Hei. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with La Galerie and marks an important development of Leung’s art practice since his premiere presentation at La Galerie two years ago. This exhibition features the latest works of his distinctive and well received painting series Coins - Memories of Hong Kong and a new calligraphy series titled Characters Map of Hong Kong, depicting Hong Kong’s street names in different districts.

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Leung’s early created works of Coins - Memories of Hong Kong features Hong Kong 20 cents, 10 cents and 1 dollar coins. By experiment different methods of blackening the coins with chemical solutions to portray images of iconic Hong Kong scenes, both existing and vanished, Leung speaks not only to his memories of his home city, but also to the inevitable changes in Hong Kong. Leung uses tens of thousands of coins seemingly as a canvas in his works, which become an inseparable part of the visual content. His works responds to the immediacy of social change in Hong Kong and identity.

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Minibus (Van Jái)

2021, 10 cent coins (Hong Kong Dollar) on wood board, 99 x 132 cm (frame size)

"While digital, virtual and other types of transaction are globally replacing the physical currencies, I want to use coins to remind people of the value of things that existed and played a role in our lives"